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Golfs governing bodies have responded to Dustin Johnsons penalty at the U. Garrett Temple Jersey .S. Open by introducing a local rule that will waive the one-shot penalty if a ball moves on the putting green by accident.The local rule, effective in January, applies only to accidental movement on the putting green of the golf ball and a ball marker.Johnson was lining up a par putt on the fifth hole of the final round at Oakmont when his ball moved slightly and he backed away. He said he didnt make it move, but after the USGA studied video and consulted the rule book, he eventually was given a one-shot penalty because it was ruled that his actions caused the ball to move. Even with the penalty, he closed with a 69 and won by three shots.The local rule was not a reaction to that one incident at Oakmont. Golfs leading experts have been meeting the last five years on a rules modernization project. Thomas Pagel, the USGAs senior rules director, said they had determined even before the U.S. Open that the rule for such accidental movement needed to be changed.The Johnson ruling only sped up the process.This has been talked about for quite some time, Pagel said. The Dustin Johnson ruling was the last of many uncomfortable rulings weve had with balls or ball markers that moved on a putting green. We had identified a solution and language as the broader rules modernization. This motivated us to say its in the best interest of the game as opposed to waiting for the next set of revisions.The Rules of Golf are revised once every four years, with the next revision due in 2020. Pagel could not say when the entire rules modernization project will be completed, though a rough draft is likely to be released in the spring, followed by a lengthy period of feedback.For now, any accidental movement of the ball or ball marker on the putting green will require the player to replace it, but without a penalty shot. A local rule is an option for tournaments to use, though the USGA and R&A said it has been welcomed by the major tours worldwide, the PGA of America and Masters.The local rule already has one fan.I think its a really good thing for golf, Johnson said in a text message.Johnsons ruling was the most famous, mainly because of how it was carried out. He was notified on the 12th tee that he might face a penalty and that he could review it with officials after the round. That meant Johnson had to play the final seven holes of the U.S. Open without knowing if he would get a penalty shot. It ultimately didnt matter, though even after his three-shot victory, Johnson did not think he deserved a penalty shot.Ian Poulter in 2012 at the Dubai World Championship had a 30-foot birdie putt in a playoff. As he went to replace his ball, it fell from his hand and hit the edge of his marker, causing it to flip over. He was given a one-shot penalty and wound up losing to Robert Karlsson, who had a short birdie putt.Under the local rule, Poulter would not have been penalized.In another example, Davis Love III had a short par putt on the 17th hole at the 1997 Players Championship when his putter nudged the ball during his practice stroke. Even though his club made contact with the ball, he would not be penalized under the local rule because it would be an accident.What is an accident?Anything that is not intentional, Pagel said.He said an intentional act would include intent, such as picking up the ball without marking it.The local rule applies to 18-2 and 18-3 (ball at rest moved) and 20-1 (lifting and marking). The rules havent changed, but the penalty would be waived.We still need to figure out what caused the ball to move, Pagel said. In those instances, it more likely than not was an accident that caused it to move. We still have to have that discussion. But the discussions are less contentious when theres no longer a penalty part of that conversation. Wilson Chandler Nets Jersey . The Oilers come in having lost five in a row (0-4-1) and 16 of their last 20 games, dropping a 2-1 decision to the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday. Henry Ellenson Nets Jersey . Fred Couples, captain of the U.S. side, put it all into perspective. "We know whos in charge," he said. https://www.netsrookiesshop.com/Caris-Levert-City-Edition-Jersey/ . Scott won the Australian PGA last week in his first event in Australia since winning the U.S. Masters in April. American Matt Kuchar, ahead by two strokes with four to play and even with Scott with one to go, double-bogeyed the 18th after taking two shots to get out of a bunker. Every week, well mine the waiver wire for lesser-owned assets to help your squad, whether you favor dynasty or the re-draft format -- and well also toss in some tips for DFS players out there. Categorized by position, the players are ranked in descending order by ownership percentage in ESPN leagues.Well also include some former go-to fantasy assets who may be overvalued -- in the short or long term -- for one reason or another.ForwardsRobby Fabbri, C/LW, St. Louis Blues Ownership percentage: 41.0If you werent a fan of Fabbri before, his latest assignment -- on a dynamite line with Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz -- should appeal to you. For his part, the Blues leading scorer (who is also tied for second in the league) isnt complaining about the latest configuration:We have a good line, Tarasenko told the media Monday. We should spend way more time offensively. Im used to playing with those guys before and we have some success, so try to build on it and play better tomorrow. We just have to try to have fun on the ice and play for each other.Important part: We should spend way more time offensively. DFS competitors should also keep Fabbri in mind, starting with Tuesdays tilt in Nashville. The Predators have had issue with keeping the puck out of their own net of late.Evander Kane, LW, Buffalo Sabres Ownership percentage: 35.2Since the return of center Jack Eichel, Kane has three goals and two assists in six games. As long as that duo remains intact, the shot-happy sniper should be spoken for in a greater percentage of ESPN leagues. Oft-criticized from all angles, the 25-year-old is still a great talent with a ton of potential.Jiri Hudler, RW, Dallas Stars Ownership percentage: 9.4One mysterious illness and 20 missed games later, Hudler is finally back in action. Relatively weak on the right side, the Stars need the veteran winger to rise to the occasion, particularly with Ales Hemsky out long term. Look for the 32-year-old to fill a regular top-six/power-play role once his strength is up. Keep in mind that Hudler was nearly a point-per-game player with the Flames only two seasons ago.Derek Ryan, C, Carolina Hurricanes Ownership percentage: 1.8Even with the anticipated return of Jordan Staal (concussion), Ryan finds himself treading in the Hurricanes top six, shifted to the wing alongside Viktor Rask and Jeff Skinner. The 29-year-old has three goals in his most recent two games, and six points in his past half dozen. The AHL standout could serve nicely as a temporary plug-in on your own roster in the short term.Jannik Hansen, RW, Vancouver Canucks Ownership percentage: 1.4Following a lengthy stint on IR (ribs), Hansen is back in Vancouvers lineup, skating on a line with Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin. While the Canucks are struggling as a whole, the Sedin twins are producing with consistency of late.Seth Griffith, C, Florida Panthers Ownership percentage: 0.1As discussed previously, Griffith is earning the chance to strut his scoring stuff in a more prominent role under interim coach Tom Rowe. It doesnt get more exciting than subbing in for Jonathan Marchessault (lower-body injury) on a line with Aleksander Barkov and Jaromir Jagr. Thats quite a leap from his recent gig as a healthy scratch in Toronto. The 23-year-old held his own -- one assist, three shots, plus-two, 17:21 time on ice -- in his top-line debut on Saturday. Give Griffith a speculative look in deeper leagues and DFS as long as the current combo remains intact.DefensemenIvan Provorov, Philadelphia Flyers Ownership percentage: 37.8While tuned-in Flyers fans have been high on this kid for a while, a larger percentagee of fantasy folk is due to catch up. Kenneth Faried Jersey. A high-caliber offensive defenseman in junior with the WHLs Brandon Wheat Kings, the 19-year-old has 14 points to date, including two goals and three assists in his past six games. Leading the Flyers in blocked shots with 58 (which is tied for 10th in the Eastern Conference), the former seventh-overall draft pick (2015) logged a new high of nearly 25 minutes (24:56) in Sundays victory over the Red Wings. And have we mentioned hes only 19?Jaccob Slavin, Carolina Hurricanes Ownership percentage: 4.5Logging heavy minutes at even strength and with the man advantage, Slavin has an assist in four of his past five contests, including two helpers with the extra skater. The 22-year-old (sadly) leads the Hurricanes D with 10 points on the season, a group that includes struggling blueliner Justin Faulk. Slavins 56 blocked shots on the season serve as added bonus for leagues that use that stat.GoaltendersJimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings Ownership percentage: 31.7Back from a groin injury, Howard appears just as dominant as he was to start 2016-17. Perfect in relief of Petr Mrazek on Friday, the veteran goalie then stopped 35 of 36 shots for Sundays win over the Flyers. That earns Howard his second-straight start, Tuesday versus Arizona. Only the Sabres have scored fewer goals than the Coyotes this season, so hes certainly worth considering for your DFS lineups Tuesday night.Antti Raanta, New York Rangers Ownership percentage: 26.5Henrik Lundqvist may never tend net for the Rangers again! Just kidding, of course. But we are digging this sizzling run (one goal allowed in three straight wins) by the Rangers backup. Ride Raanta until the wheels fall off, at which point King Henrik should rightfully reclaim dominion of New Yorks crease.Anthony Stolarz, Philadelphia Flyers Ownership percentage: 2.3By following up a solid NHL debut with an outstanding, shutout performance in his second start, the 22-year-old proves he isnt too wowed by the large stage. Give Stolarz a thought in DFS play whenever No. 1 Steve Mason gets a rest. Dynasty owners should also give the promising, young netminder a long, hard look.Lowered expectationsMax Domi, C/LW, Arizona Coyotes Ownership percentage: 73.9Following hand surgery, Domi is expected to miss approximately six weeks of action. This is where we usually suggest an less-prominent, fantasy alternative from the clubs lineup; but frankly, theres little going on with Coyotes that inspires at present.Marc-Edouard Vlasic, D, San Jose Sharks Ownership percentage: 68.5Cold since mid-November, Vlasic has just one assist in 13 contests. The historically streaky D-man will undoubtedly snap out of it, but theres little point in fantasy owners suffering along in the meanwhile. Shelve him for now.Mike Smith, G, Arizona Coyotes Ownership percentage: 24.0Illustrating just how awful the Coyotes have performed defensively, Sportsnets Dimitri Filipovic points out goalie Mike Smith deserves buckets of credit for maintaining some sense of respectability in the desert:This years Coyotes are really, really bad. If it werent for Mike Smith being out of his mind the past 2+ weeks the results would be gross. pic.twitter.com/VccisZXBfj- Dimitri Filipovic (@DimFilipovic) December 12, 2016And then Smith failed to play out of his mind Monday, giving up four goals on 22 shots in an eventual 7-0 loss to the Penguins. Personal hot streak over? Thats likely the wise bet. Drop/shelve Smith before it does, in fact, get gross. ' ' '