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Paramor looking for putting rule change

The European Tour's chief referee, John Paramor, is to ask the Royal and Ancient Golf Club to change the rules regarding "mallet putting."

Paramor wants a wording change after Germany's Marcel Siem became the latest player to ignore the rule that forbids putts being made mallet or croquet fashion when straddling the line to the hole.

Players usually do this to avoid standing on each others' lines and to speed up play.

Siem was docked two strokes after finishing his British Masters third round on Saturday for doing so on the 8th green at Forest of Arden, dropping the German from a share of sixth place to tied for 18th.

It took the 22-year-old German eight strokes off the lead instead of six.

Veteran Swede Anders Forsbrand was also penalized two strokes for mallet putting earlier in the week, making Siem the fourth player in just over a year to be penalized.

"It seems almost illogical that you are going to penalize a player for doing something which saves time and prevents you standing on someone else's line, which is being courteous and it gains you no advantage," Paramor said.

"I have a slight problem with the rule as it stands. It's very unusual that rules punish you for doing something which rules are trying to encourage.

"I'd like to see a different wording."

 

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