The substitution rule is expanding in men’s college golf.
The NCAA Division I Competition Oversight Committee approved a change last week that allows a coach to sub out a player for any reason during postseason play, which covers NCAA regionals and the NCAA Championship.
Last year was the first in which subs were allowed during the match-play portion. Though seven of the eight coaches brought a sixth man to the play-five format, none subbed out a player during the competition.
The sub rule is not yet allowed in women's college golf.
Of the nearly 200 men's coaches who responded to a recent survey, 57 percent voted to allow substitutions in all rounds of the postseason, including stroke play. In a release, the committee said that a team that brings along a sixth player, even if he does not participate, “will still enhance the experience for that student-athlete by providing an opportunity to observe the national championship and to know what is expected to make the lineup in future years.”
The sub rule came into focus at the 2016 NCAA Championship, where Texas star Beau Hossler injured his shoulder during the semifinals and was unable to compete in the championship match. The Longhorns forfeited Hossler’s point in the finals, and Oregon won the national title, 3-2.