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Charge call: coaches ejected for flouting Augusta’s phone guidelines

As some gamers’ coaches have actually learnt in Masters week, this grand old club will penalize anybody who breaks its customs Viewers at the 18th green of the Masters, which stands alone as a competition that rejects the basic usage of smart phones. Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters The notoriously no-nonsense method of Augusta National to matters of discipline has actually appeared once again throughout Masters week, with more than one gamer’s coach comprehended to have actually been ejected from the facilities for breaching the guidelines on smart phone use. In one circumstances, a rival’s tutor was found to be shooting his customer from outside the ropes throughout the opening round and was properly asked to leave the course. It is uncertain whether the coach was enabled back inside evictions, offered his gamer has actually made it through the 36-hole cut. Smart phone are not allowed at all for viewers on entry to Augusta National or for the media outside their designated structure. Coaches are enabled them under rigorous assistance, which relates mainly to the capture or shooting of swing work throughout session on long or brief video game varieties. Today the standards have actually been abused more than as soon as, with quick action taken. Augusta National did not provide remark. Nevertheless, the club has actually independently made it plain that it has smart phone policies and they are implemented. The Masters stands alone as a tournament that denies general use of mobile phones and there is no apparent sign of that situation changing. Speaking before the 2019 Masters, the Augusta National chairman, Fred Ridley, said: “I think that’s something that does set us apart. I think our patrons appreciate our cell phone policy. I don’t believe that’s a policy that anyone should expect is going to change in the near future, if ever. I can’t speak for future chairmen, but speaking for myself, I think we got that right.” Even players are not immune to the phone rules. “I remember one of my first Masters I was with Ian Poulter and we were posting a few pictures on Twitter and stuff, and someone came out and told us to cease and desist,” the former US Open champion Graeme McDowell told GolfWeek last year. Kim Si-woo is likely to receive at the very least a stern lecture after breaking his putter in a fit of pique on the 15th hole of his second round. The South Korean managed to play his closing three in level par despite putting with a fairway wood. On the PGA Tour, the deliberate breaking of clubs tends to see players quietly fined. “I was lucky I only had like three-, four-, five-feet [putts] over the last few holes,” Kim said. “So I got lucky there. It was just frustration.” The surprise Masters contender Will Zalatoris, meanwhile, has actually reflected on his early encounters with Jordan Spieth. Zalatoris is making his Augusta debut at the age of 24, six years on from Spieth’s runaway victory. The pair are acquainted from amateur days, having both been schooled in Texas. “I’ve known Jordan, I guess since I was about 10 years old,” Zalatoris stated. “He was always a world-beater at such a young age. The story I always tell is we were 14, playing my home club in Dallas at Bent Tree, and he made a crazy up-and-down on the first hole to save par basically from another fairway. He went out and birdied six out of the next eight to shoot 29 on the front, and he broke the course record that had been there for 20-plus years. That was at 14. “I’ve seen him do just some of the most miraculous things playing little games at home. But playing against him, he’s always set the bar, especially in Texas, in terms of whatever that bar is at whatever level. I think guys like Scottie Scheffler and myself really owe him a lot for setting that bar. “We’d probably make a great Ryder Cup pairing because I’m a really good ball-striker and he’s probably the best chipper and putter in the last 30 years. He’s been a great friend and really a great role model.”

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.