World #1, Dustin Johnson proves to be human after all. Going into the fourth and final round at -17 under par and a six shot lead, no one expected Dustin to falter and the rest of the field admittedly were playing for second place. Well, it happened. Johnson unfortunately joined Greg Norman as the only world #1 to lose on the final day of a tournament while having a six shot lead. Johnson’s five-over 77 allowed for Englishman, Justine Rose, to leave China with the trophy. Proves two things: It happens to everyone, and, never give up because you never know.
Rules News: Here are some additional rules changes for 2019:
Taking relief for a ball embedded in it’s own pitch-mark: CURRENT RULE - Relief is allowed only in areas cut to fairway height or less. NEW RULE - Player may take relief without penalty for an embedded ball anywhere, except in sand.
Putting with an unattended flagstick left in the hole: CURRENT RULE - Loss of hole/2-stroke penalty, if ball hits unattended flagstick. NEW RULE - No penalty.
Time allowed for a ball search: CURRENT RULE - 5 minutes. NEW RULE - 3 minutes.