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Don't spike this rule: 13.1c(2) proving handy in Pebble Beach

Related Topics: AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – The USGA’s caddie-alignment clarification was news this week at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, but a new rule that hasn’t required clarifying is proving especially handy this week, even as it flies under the radar.

Rule 13.1c(2) allows players to repair almost any damage on the green. That includes spike marks, shoe marks and other indentations.

Count Phil Mickelson among those appreciating the change, especially with the soft Poa annua grasses in this event particularly spongy after all the rain that has fallen here in the past week.

Mickelson is making a run at winning his 44th PGA Tour title.