Roe unhapy with new R&A recording system
Mark Roe has reacted angrily to the Royal and Ancient Golf Club's (R&A's) revamped recording system for this year's British Open, describing it as "a farce that will upset the players even more".
Briton Roe was disqualified with his Swedish playing partner Jesper Parnevik at last year's Open when the players signed for the wrong scores after failing to exchange cards at the start of Saturday's third round.
As a result, the R&A has decided to increase its team of recorders from two to five for the July 15-18 championship at Royal Troon where, for the first time, players will be able to compare their scores with the official recording system.
However Roe, whose scorecard blunder last year cost him a tie for third going into the final day at Royal St George's, said on Wednesday he "disagreed 100 percent" with the R&A's decision.
"This is just a farce," he told Reuters as he prepared for this week's Italian Open, starting on Thursday at the Tolcinasco Golf and Country Club. "It's exactly what the players don't want -- more people milling around in recorders.
"And we don't want people who are not used to recording day-in day-out, we want professionals. It should be professional recorders from the European Tour and America doing the job.
"You don't bring in any old tinpot firm to put up the stands and the tented village at the world's biggest golf event, you employ professionals and recording has to be the same.
"The problem last year was that the recorder didn't look at the card and then see who they were talking to. A professional recorder would know the players.
"How many times have the R&A staff done the recording job?
"Why can't we just employ the tour professionals, pay them a week's wages and let them do the job in shifts?"
Roe did, though, applaud the R&A's decision to ask British Open starter Ivor Robson to hand each player his own card on the first tee before reminding players to then exchange cards with a playing partner to mark.
"That's a good move," said the 40-year-old Englishman. "In America, the starter changes the cards for them (the players).
"But I 100 percent disagree with the other move, it's a joke. We want less people in recorders, not more."
Roe added he was puzzled he had not been consulted by the R&A since last year's British Open.
"I've not spoken to Peter Dawson (R&A secretary) at all. I would have though they might have asked me what my thoughts were on the subject."
On Tuesday, Dawson told a news conference at Royal Troon that overall responsibility still rested with the players.
"The Mark Roe incident was a great tragedy," he said. "There was a human error with the recording system at Royal St George's, and it should have been picked up. That's most unfortunate.
"But while there was a certain degree of blame there, there can be no transfer of responsibility. The responsibility clearly falls on the player under the rules."
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