Here’s the origin of the now-infamous 88 Rule on the LPGA, which says that a non-member who shoots 88 or higher is banned from playing in Tour events for a year. That’s the rule that Michelle Wie nearly ran afoul of last weekend:
Barb Trammell, the longtime chief rules official for the LPGA until leaving last year, traced the policy to 1990 when players from the Teaching & Club Pro division competed in tournaments. Some of them struggled, and it became a problem for regular tour members. She recalled two situations that led to what is now known as the “88 Rule.”
“We had a T&CP player in the field who shot 100-plus, and for the players who were paired with her, it was a distraction, as you can imagine,” Trammell said. “The second time, it was a tour player paired with a T&CP player, who made the turn in 52 or 53. The tour player said, ‘Either you’re going to withdraw or I am.’ And the tour player withdrew at the turn.”
That’s when players went to the LPGA board, and the policy was adopted.
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