NANJO, OKINAWA PREF. – The Japan LPGA Tour has decided to use soccer-like yellow cards for slow play to avoid confusion caused by verbal warnings.
“Slow play has been a big issue in recent years, and we concluded it’s better to show a yellow card for problematic slow play than to explain,” Yoko Ema, tour official in charge of rules and scoring, told a press conference Thursday at Ryukyu Golf Club in Okinawa Prefecture, the venue for the season-opening Daikin Orchid Ladies.
“We now have many players from other countries. For them, it’s hard to understand difficult phrases in Japanese,” Ema continued. “Players say they don’t understand if it’s a warning or just a notice. Some of them pretend not to have heard what tour officials said to them during a round about slow play.”