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Bad Ball Costs Hayes His Tour Card

J.P. Hayes called foul on himself, and lost his full time job in the process. During first round play at the PGA Tour qualifying school his caddie flipped him a new ball on the par 3 12th hole. After missing the green, chipping onto the green, and marking his ball Mr. Hayes realized this was not the same model Titleist he’d started the round with that day.




J.P. Hayes called foul on himself, and lost his full time job in the process.  During first round play at the PGA Tour qualifying school his caddie flipped him a new ball on the par 3 12th hole. 

After missing the green, chipping onto the green, and marking his ball Mr. Hayes realized this was not the same model Titleist he’d started the round with that day.  He called over an official and took a two shot penalty.  The round ended with him shooting a 74, the next day he shot a 71 leaving himself with a good chance of reaching the final round of Q school and an opportunity to regain his playing privileges for 2009. 

Back in the hotel that evening Mr. Hayes noticed that the ball he had used on the 12th hole of day one was a prototype Titleist not on the conforming ball list as approved for tournament play.  Gulp.  Swear.  Smack forehead. Repeat Roberto deVicenzo’s famous "What a stupid I am".  Call tour officials and hang self out to dry.  "I pretty much knew at that point I was done."  Which sums it up nicely.



What one does when no one is watching, when the opportunity to either do the right thing (or avoid doing the right thing) presents itself, is the truest test of character.  Mr. Hayes stood up and did the right thing, something seldom seen in the world of professional sports, outside golf anyway.  In fact it’s seldom seen in the world.  Whether because it doesn’t happen much or because in the real non insular world nobody comments on the good things folks do regularly.  I could be jaded as well.  No, I am jaded as well, but that tangent is not one to follow at this time. 

Mr. Hayes wants, nor will he get, any sympathy for his predicament.  After all he did finish 178th on the money list this year, thus earning the trip to Q school in the first place.  He’s won over $7 million in his career so losing a guaranteed spot on the PGA tour and having to play mostly Nationwide Tour events is not a hardship compared to me losing my job.  Still, I find the honesty refreshing.  "We don’t have refs on the course, so we have to call penalties on ourselves. I’ve done it before, dozens of guys have," Hayes said. "Just about everybody out there does, but usually we move on and nobody hears about it."  Ah but we do hear about it.  Can you see a defensive back in pro football calling interference on himself?  Didn’t think so. 

Mr. Hayes still figures to get a dozen or so starts on the PGA Tour next year so if he plays well he won’t be destitute.  But still, the idea of opening the closed door and letting the truth out is a rare enough occurrence that applause seems necessary. 

I salute J.P. Hayes.  An honest man.

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  1. Juansky

    Nov 24, 2008 at 11:51 am

    It’s all about doing the right thing and not doing your own thing. Bless his heart, J.P. is a man with character.

  2. Ben

    Nov 23, 2008 at 1:33 am

    I just hope that this serves as a positive example to all those who play the game. It sucks when you’re stuck playing with people who would opt to cheat just to say the shot a lower score than you. It’s great to see the people that we look up too and that play the at the pinnacle of the game also adhere to the highest of standards to set the example and lead the way.


  3. Adam

    Nov 22, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    What a class move by J.P. He has his local support here in El Paso no matter what. Even though this is not a high point, it just goes to show what kind of game we all play and how great golf truly is. I know he will bounce back and get his card.

  4. Mark

    Nov 22, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    This is one of the reason I love golf, the character of the game. Given all the garbage outside of golf, it is fitting for me to be involved in sport with so much integrity.

  5. Ian Tessier

    Nov 22, 2008 at 10:05 am

    Wow, quite a story.
    Is his caddy still employed? I would think he would check every aspect of his players bag prior to every round.
    Congratulations to J.P. and thanks for making it cool to be honest.

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Morning 9: Match 2: The most-watched golf telecast ever | Rory: Players don’t want fan-less Ryder Cup | Justin Thomas aces broadcast debut



1. 5.8 million average viewers for The Match
AP report…”Two of the biggest names from the PGA Tour and the NFL proved to be must-see TV.”
  • “Turner Sports said the Sunday telecast of “The Match: Champions for Charity” attracted an average of 5.8 million viewers across four of its networks. Turner says it was the most-watched golf telecast in cable TV history.”
  • “It said the previous record was 4.9 million viewers on ESPN at the 2010 Masters, the year Tiger Woods returned to golf for the first time since the scandal in his personal life.”
  • “Woods and Peyton Manning scored a 1-up victory over Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady at Medalist Golf Club, a match that featured high entertainment with shots and with words, along with raising $20 million for COVID-19 relief funds.”
2. Shackelford’s take
A few observations from the scribe…“While still an overnight, it easily bests the previous week’s relief fund match that drew a 1.5 and total of 2.3 million viewers across three channels, including a 1.5 rating on NBC and a .24 on Golf Channel).”
“More incredibly, this means The Match 2 out-rated any major championship round on cable.”
“Given a so-so promotional run-up, a slow start to the show (caused in part by a slight weather delay) a dreary day to watch, and a long telecast, the rating is a stunning statement about the remaining star power of the contestants.”
3. JT’s TV debut
Adam Woodard at Golfweek…”That said, whenever he decides to put down the clubs, he should immediately pick up a mic.
The former Alabama star made his broadcast debut as an on-course reporter on TNT/TBS alongside CBS Sports’ Amanda Balionis on Sunday during The Match: Champions for Charity, which saw Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning defeat Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady. Thomas received rave reviews from golf Twitter during and after the event. He was brilliant. His rapport with Woods and Mickelson allowed them to open up on a different level compared to the original The Match in 2018.”
“Most importantly, Thomas didn’t overdo anything. Unlike some broadcasters, he knew fans weren’t watching for him and he never once tried to steal the spotlight. He didn’t speak just to talk. When he had something to say, it was insightful or funny. Like a golfer picking out which holes he can attack and score on, Thomas picked his spots on where to interject throughout the broadcast like someone who’s been doing it for years, let alone a day.”
4. Tiger looked terrific 
Bob Harig writes…”For the first time in 98 days, we got to see Woods in action. And the last time we saw him, he didn’t look good. Woods shot 77 at Riviera Country Club on Feb. 16 and finished last among those who made the cut at the Genesis Invitational. And he complained that his back was stiff”
  • …”Woods hasn’t played since but neither has anyone else. And the time off has done him some good.”
  • “Woods didn’t miss a fairway. His swing looked smooth and in rhythm. He hit some deft pitch shots and a really nice long bunker shot. And all of this in difficult, rainy conditions.”
  • “It was just a charity match, but he looked pretty good. Who knows when Woods will resume his schedule when the PGA Tour returns next month, but his game looks good to go.”
5. Rory McIlroy: ‘Majority of players’ want 2020 Ryder Cup postponed until 2021 
Adam Woodard at Golfweek…”Rory McIlroy has a hunch about the Ryder Cup, and it’s one that golf fans around the world aren’t going to like.”
  • “In an interview with BBC Sport, the world No. 1 said: “My personal hunch is that I don’t see how it is going to happen, so I do not think that it will happen.”
  • “Wisconsin’s Whistling Straits is scheduled to host the 2020 Ryder Cup Sept. 25-27, but amid the coronavirus pandemic the event would most-likely take place without fans (if held at all).”
  • “I think the majority of players would like to see it pushed back until 2021 so that they can play in front of crowds and have the atmosphere that makes the Ryder Cup so special,” explained McIlroy. “The players are the ones that make the Ryder Cup. If they are not on board with it and don’t want to play then there is no Ryder Cup.”
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The DailyWRX: What’s buzzing on social media (5/25/2020)



Gotta say, The Match: Champions for Charity, was a fun escape from reality and further fueled the “we need golf back” fire. I dedicate this DailyWRX to The Match, thanks for thrills boys.

No matter how hard you try to make this a meme…

It’s Tom Brady. He wins….always, no matter what. He’s a Mount Rushmore guy.

This gave me goosebumps…

Its an exhibition match for charity, and I’m over here jacked up like its Balboa vs. Drago. SMH. I love TW.

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Sunday red is back. ????

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To all of it.


Please just run for President and get it over with, you got my vote… perpetuity. I mean hellacious seeds? Yes I want hellacious seeds. Please.

DM @johnny_wunder

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Justin Rose, Honma officially part ways



Justin Rose and Honma Golf have officially severed ties, per a joint statement released Friday evening.

Former World No. 1 and current World No. 14, Rose (previously a TaylorMade staffer) made waves in the equipment industry when he signed on as a full-bag Honma staffer at the beginning of 2019. He made waves again in late February when he arrived at PGA National with a TaylorMade SIM driver in his bag.

The next week, at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Rose swapped out his remaining Honma wares for a TaylorMade SIM Max fairway wood, a Cobra Speedzone Pro 5-wood, TaylorMade P730 irons, and TaylorMade and Titleist wedges.

Full text of the statement from Honma/Rose below

“Honma Golf Limited (“Honma”) announces that, following a successful partnership with the former No. 1 player in the world, Honma and Justin Rose have agreed that Justin will no longer be one of Honma’s brand ambassadors. We are proud to have been a key part of Justin’s journey to regain his position as World Number 1 in early 2019, including a win at the Farmers Insurance Open in his second event with Honma equipment in play.”

“For over a year, Justin worked closely with our team to help develop innovative and top­ performing lines of Honma woods and irons. His pursuit of perfection, approach to product testing and feedback has produced great value to Honma. Justin’s expert input and desire for maximum ball speed inspired our team to make the Honma TR20 460 and 440 drivers among the fastest drivers in the game. Consistently, and excitingly, our nationwide team of fitters are seeing the new TR20 460 and TR20 440 drivers produce some of the fastest speeds on the market. We wish him the very best in his pursuit of more majors and career success,” said John Kawaja, President Honma Golf North America.”

“I have enjoyed working with the Honma team and collaborating closely with them to design and develop excellent golf equipment. I was able to see firsthand the innovations that the craftsmen at Honma bring to their clubs. I am hopeful that during our time of partnership, we have laid the groundwork for Honma to continue to expand their brand. We both feel it is the right time to pursue our own paths,” said Justin Rose.”

Per Honma PR: “This will be the official statement and we are unable to provide any further comments”

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