Canada rejects USGA handicap rule on single scores


Golfers who enjoy an occasional solo round may want to consider a trip north next year.

Amid a series of rule changes, the USGA announced earlier this week that scores from rounds played alone will no longer count for handicap purposes. The change falls under Section 5-1, which applies to "Acceptability of Scores."

According to the USGA, the change supports the premise of peer review and "underscores the importance of providing full and accurate information regarding a player's potential scoring ability, and the ability of other players to form a reasonable basis for supporting or disputing a posted score."

The rule change, though, was met with some resistance from golfers who often play alone but would still like to maintain a proper handicap. Their voices were clearly heard by Golf Canada, the national sport federation of golf in Canada, which announced Tuesday that it would not be adopting that particular change: