The European Tour put pen to paper this weekend to remind its members that on-course safety is of great importance – especially the safety of those attending the event.
The Tour circulated a memo at the Turkish Airlines Open informing players that incidents of spectator injury are on the rise, and that players are expected to increase their use of “fore” as a verbal warning whenever a shot goes awry:
Kudos to the @EuropeanTour for this 'Fore' warning notice. This is basic etiquette that many players have forgotten. @Sport360 pic.twitter.com/anxpah55aw
— Joy Chakravarty (@TheJoyofGolf) November 6, 2016
The stakes were raised at the memo’s conclusion, where players were informed that they could face disciplinary action in the event that their lack of warning leads to an on-course injury.
The details of any such punishment remain a mystery, but expect to hear from plenty of vocal competitors next week when the circuit heads to South Africa for the Nedbank Golf Challenge.