Hyun-woo Ryu is the beneficiary of the change to the rulesof golf introduced by the R&A and USGA at the 1st of January.

Hyun-woo Ryu Playing the 1st hole at The Hills yesterday in the third round of the BMW ISPS HANDA New Zealand Open, overnight Ryu was found to have played from a wrong position after taking a drop.

Given the situation was only raised this morning; Ryu should have incurred a two shot penalty therefore he signed for an incorrect score.

Prior to 1 January, this would have resulted in his disqualification due to signing an incorrect scorecard.

However under the new exception to Rule 6-6d, Ryu has been penalised with the two shots he should have received plus a further two shots for the breach of the new rule.

It is believed that this is the first time the new exception to Rule 6-6d has been applied in a professional golf tournament.

While Ryu's score changes from 9-under to 5-under and he drops from T6 on the leaderboard to 27th he will keep his original fourth round tee time.

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