PGA Tour says Jordan Spieth’s rules violation ‘resolved’ and ‘a win for golf’

September 18, 2018

According to the PGA Tour, the Jordan Spieth scheduling violation saga has come to a conclusion. And, according to the Tour’s chief of operations, fans will be pleased with the resolution.

After next week’s Ryder Cup, Spieth will finish the 2017-2018 season with 24 events played. That leaves him one short of a 25-event minimum and leaves him open to a fine of at least $20,000 or a possible suspension in accordance with Tour policy. Last week, Spieth acknowledged he would “obviously accept whatever fine it is,” but it appears that the two parties have come to a different sort of resolution.

Andy Pazder, the Tour’s chief of operations, told Golf Channel on Tuesday that the situation had been dealt with.

Jordan Spieth, Saturday, 2018 PGA Championship
Spieth became one of the first Tour players to run afoul of the Strength of Field Regulation rule.

“I have talked to Jordan and we’ve resolved it,” he said. “We have come to a resolution. I’m not going to be able to share the details of that, [but] I will say the result is something that you will see next season. It’s resolved in a way that’s going to be a win for our tournaments, our fans and golf in general.”

For now, we’ll have to take his word for it — when it comes to discipline, golf’s powers-that-be still make such decisions behind closed doors.

The Golf Channel report added that Ian Poulter was also in violation of the scheduling policy this season. Pazder said the Tour has also resolved the situation with Poulter.