Amateur golfers will be able to accept sponsorship deals under a new set of rules currently proposed by R&A and its US counterpart, the USGA. Golf governing bodies are keen to update the current system regarding amateur status, which has been somewhat of late when it comes to learning about the financial challenges facing elite amateurs. Among the most prominent proposed changes announced on Monday, were the removal of all restrictions related to sponsorship; Remove any restrictions on how an amateur can benefit from his name, image, or likeness, including but not limited to receiving expenses; Eliminate the distinction between cash prizes and other forms of prize, and reduce the waiting time to restore amateur status once the player is no longer considered a professional. Under the proposed new rules, hobbyists can only violate their status in three ways: accepting a prize beyond the current limit (£ 500), accepting payment for instructions, and accepting employment as a club professional. Grant Muir, R&A Director of Rules, said: “Hobbyist mode rules play an important role in protecting the integrity of our self-regulating sport, but code development must continue. This is particularly the case with respect to the modern elite hobbyist game, where many players need Financial support to compete and develop to their fullest potential, and the proposed new rules will provide much more room for that. ” The proposed rules have been posted on the R&A website, www.randa.org, and organizations are now inviting comments from golfers and stakeholders. Comments will be accepted until March 26, and the new rules are due to be approved on January 1, 2022.