There’s a video doing the rounds, someone playing their e-tour round and screen sharing. Let's make the person playing A and the person screen sharing with them B, the conversation goes:
B: Right there I like that wind aim and full power with an eight iron.
A: Full back or take a tick off?
B: I like that, a tick off full.
I missed off the players names and the video as I didn’t think it fair to single them out as I believe this to be widespread. I think It's been happening for years, especially in the major and team competitions.
The difference here? And why don’t I report it rather than winge in the forum?
This has been reported to WGT and the reply was that the player (A) took the shot so it’s fine. I believe Champ has said on another occasion “as long as it’s the players hand on the mouse” That can only mean everyone is allowed to do this, which I think is wrong. The game surely has to be more than a hit the ding competition.
If it is allowed for someone to do this is it also allowed for the advisor to be paid for their time?
When I complained about this before the response was, apart from the fact I was a troublemaker and other incomprehensible stuff, that there was no point in banning it as that would be unenforceable. Should the possibility of enforcing it even be part of the conversation? As things stand WGT say this is not cheating but if WGT make it against the rules it is, simple as that. If people then do it they are cheating, that alone may discourage some and there will be the occasional falling out where more will come to light etc etc. A short clock would also help.
Whatever, WGT should tell everyone if they are allowed this coaching.
To finish where this started, from the E-Tour rules
To enter an eTour tournament, log on at either the Platform at www.wgt.com/etour/, at www.etour.gg, on the Desktop Game or on the Mobile Game and register to enter the tournament and then play and complete at least one round of 18-hole stroke play.
1. Use of multiple email addresses or multiple WGT user accounts to enter is prohibited.
2. To enter, the registered user of designated WGT user account must personally play the Game or the entry will be disqualified.
3. Players may not allow any third party to play the game in a Qualification using their WGT user account.
So there it is “play the Game” simply means press the mouse :-((