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16-year-old DQ’d between rounds at U.S. Open sectional qualifier after taking bathroom break



A bathroom break at a US Open sectional qualifier led to a disqualification after Skyler Fox was deemed to have not delivered his scorecard in a prompt manner after completing his first round.

According to GolfWeek’s Andy Kostka, the 16-year-old began suffering from a headache around the 12th hole of his opening round at Woodmont Country Club, and after finishing his round of six-over par, darted to the bathroom to take medicine for the issue. On returning from the bathroom to submit his card, Fox learned that officials had already put an “NC” next to his name, indicating that he had failed to turn in a scorecard.

Per the report, when Fox returned to the scorer’s area, his swing coach, Sean Swidzinski, and father, Joe, were seen arguing with a tournament official.

Speaking on the DQ, Fox stated

“They told me I was disqualified because I didn’t get to the scoring table in time, which made no sense. I was pretty upset. I mean, there was a good chance I wasn’t going to make it (to the US Open). I was going to have to shoot really low. But I wanted to go out there and put a respectable score up.”

According to Brian DePasquale, manager of championship communications for the USGA, however, Fox didn’t enter the scorer’s area until 15 minutes after he had finished his round, and wrote in an email to GolfWeek that Fox “went to lunch and did not enter the scoring area until the following group had returned their cards.”

Fox was in violation of Rule 3.3b(2), which calls for players to visit the scorer’s table “promptly” after completing a round.


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  1. Travis

    Jun 10, 2019 at 9:03 am

    USGA always doing a remarkable job growing the game! *facepalm*

  2. JP

    Jun 10, 2019 at 1:02 am

    They enforce this seemingly strictly in a qualifier?!?

    But pace of play on the actual PGA tour? Who cares about that one?

  3. Speedy

    Jun 9, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    What a goof.

  4. DG323

    Jun 9, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    In 1990 I was competing in the British Amateur at Muirfield. The first medal round was held at Luffness about 5 miles away from the scoring trailer at Muirfield. After finishing my round at Luffness I drive to Muirfield to record my score. With the drive, parking and ten minute walk to the trailer, I was informed that I had been DQd because I failed to record my round at Luffness. I referred to the Players rules packet we were all provided. Nowhere did it reference the scoring tent at Luffness. I appealed to Michael Bonallack and Peter Dawson in the trailer at Muirfield. After about 20 minutes of deliberation, they determined the information in the packet wasn’t fully forthcoming and reinstated me back into the field. They explained to me that the officials have the ability to take the “spirit of the rules” into consideration and make a judgement call. This is a long way of saying, this situation could have been corrected by the rules official. If the group behind recorded a score because he needed to get and take his meds, that appeal should have prevailed.

  5. Tom

    Jun 9, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    Yeah the details are kind of fuzzy on this, but if it was 15 minutes later and after the following group had turned in their scorecards a DQ. is a given. Thats just Higher level tournament golf, State level or USGA. Hard way to learn the rules but on that level most know it.

  6. Dave r

    Jun 9, 2019 at 11:13 am

    Yup here we go blame the rules committee for some young guy not following the rules set out in the rule book.It’s their fault he forgot to hand in his score card in a timely fashion .How do they know what’s going on he shows up later and we’ll DQ . . Put the blame where it belongs on the young man he’s responsible to follow the rules under the usga it’s their event live by it or don’t play. Does the rule need to be changed? No it’s a rule to be followed by all participants in the event.

  7. Mike C

    Jun 8, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    If you want to play in the US Open you should know the rules. He never made it to the scorers table until after the next group had already signed their cards. What if there had been an issue wiith his competitors card he was responsible for keeping? He was nowhere to be found. All these people attacking the USGA for simply enforcing the rules need to stop and realize that rules are there for a reason. Without the rules we don’t have a game.

  8. Just a golfer

    Jun 8, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    His headache was so brutal that he couldnt go and quickly sign a piece of paper, yet he could play his round out no problem, what a load of crap. Dq is completely fair.

  9. Ryan M. Johnson

    Jun 8, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    If this kind of behavior continues with the USGA and other golf governing bodies people are going to quit playing the sport and more golf courses will become real estate. This isn’t a life lesson or rules are rules, it’s completely asinine! The kid went to the bathroom to take medication so he obviously had a prior condition. No need to DQ him when he wasn’t going to earn a spot anyway. So sick of crap like this and commentary from driving range aficionados who are experts in all things golf!

  10. JSears

    Jun 8, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    The kid could have told one of his playing partners, dad, swing coach, official, the course’s cook… anyone… that he had to immediately get some headache medicine and hit the restroom instead of going missing after the round. And from the original article, it sounded like he just casually came back to the outside scoreboard to check out his score… but failed to realize he had to sign for his score first – d’oh!

  11. Brian

    Jun 8, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    Just another black eye for the USGA who once again shows ZERO common sense……

    • Speedy

      Jun 9, 2019 at 7:40 pm

      No sir, it’s another rightful action against stupidity and feeling entitled.

    • Speedo

      Jun 9, 2019 at 7:43 pm

      Dealing with entitled people is an all too common circumstance. Golf’s included.

    • Speedy

      Jun 9, 2019 at 7:48 pm

      Common sense meaning entitled.

    • Speedy

      Jun 9, 2019 at 7:51 pm

      Rules are rules. Some never learn.


    Jun 8, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    Yes…Stupidity is rampant in the USGA!

    • Speedy

      Jun 9, 2019 at 7:45 pm

      They do their best with difficult people. As we all do.

  13. Larry Sheffer

    Jun 8, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    When people read about this type of stupidity, a few more decide it’s not the sport for them.

    • Speedy

      Jun 9, 2019 at 7:54 pm

      And we’re better for it, believe me.

      Rules rule. Discipline builds character.

  14. Robert Rossi

    Jun 8, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    Once again the USGA proves itself out of touch with the public it is purported to serve. It seems to me that the USGA goes out of its way to exhibit its arrogance to the golfing world. The USGA takes actions that defy common sense or logic. It is the reason I stopped my contributions to the organization a number of years ago.

    • RodC

      Jun 8, 2019 at 5:58 pm

      Illustrates again the organisation that should run golf is the R&A not the USGA. As one contributor said “and on the 8th day God created the USGA”. Perhaps one should substitute The Devil for God in the phrase.
      But I wonder, was it a bathroom break or lunch? Either way, poor handling by USGA.

    • Speedy

      Jun 9, 2019 at 7:56 pm

      I picked up your end, and thank you for leaving.

  15. Mike Cleland

    Jun 8, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    One qualification to serve on the USGA must be that you are a certifiable prick. Between all the rich guys, attorneys & rules freaks, you can hardly wait for their next stupid move.

  16. dixiedoc

    Jun 8, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    Yes rules are rules, but “promptly” does not define the rule. It can mean whatever the official wants it to mean.

    • Ell

      Jun 9, 2019 at 9:28 am

      Promptly means what? Is it the same as ASAP? I once wrote ASAP in a correspondence to another engineering office where I worked and my supervisor raked me over the coals for writing ASAP. The USGA, which is about the most stiff necked organization in the sporting world, is driving kids and teens away from the game. Change the damn rule book and quantify “promptly” to mean within 5 to 15 minutes.

  17. jonah mytro

    Jun 8, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    A statement like “promptly” is too generic, is 10 minutes prompt or is 2 min prompt? Usga needs to be more specific on this rule..i call BS on this…

  18. BD

    Jun 8, 2019 at 10:16 am

    Exactly how did the Einstein’s at the USGA know that the young man wasn’t having an issue with his blood sugar? Maybe he has Type 2 Diabetes. If he does, it is entirely acceptable for him having to go to the bathroom after his round to either take some medicine for HIGH Glucose or more likely he was having a bout of HYPO-Glycemia…LOW SUGAR which is a SERIOUS situation if not handled right away. He has to get some kind of food or nutrients into his system right away or he could simply drop right to the floor passed out and if not tended to, slip into a diabetic situation that might require IMMEDIATE medical intervention to save his life.
    This kind of stuff makes me sick. These guys get a tiny bit of power and authority over people and they’ll look for every reason to use it. They don’t care what it does to the 16 year old kid.

    I seriously doubt that if the kid went to lunch that his Dad and coach would’ve been arguing so vehemently.

  19. Tom

    Jun 8, 2019 at 5:45 am

    The rule is way too ambiguous. What is prompt for one person may be different for the next. These idiots at the USGA are supposed to be promoting the game to kids, not turning them off. What a disgrace, they should be embarrassed.

  20. right nut

    Jun 8, 2019 at 4:00 am

    Lifetime lesson for 16 yrs old.

    • Musclefront

      Jun 8, 2019 at 10:06 pm

      Don’t pee?? Adults are morons? Seriously what’s the lesson?

      • Umohibom Ette

        Jun 9, 2019 at 12:22 pm

        Exclusion, that is the lesson. You set the rules, you can exclude anyone you want, for whatever reason. Meritocracy my left foot.

    • Ell

      Jun 9, 2019 at 9:38 am

      I just hope this ridiculous “lesson for a lifetime” gets brushed off by this kid.

      • Speedy

        Jun 9, 2019 at 7:59 pm

        I do, too, and he chooses another sport. Maybe Formula 1.

  21. JThunder

    Jun 8, 2019 at 12:10 am

    If he finished the round and showed up at the scorer’s table 15 min later, it seems unlikely he “went to lunch”.

    Most people who say “rules are rules” are the very ones who always believe *they* deserve exceptions.

    Once again, we are in the modern era of zero empathy.

    • Speedy

      Jun 9, 2019 at 8:01 pm

      I think they meant he was out to lunch, and I agree with that.

  22. Kevin McIntyre

    Jun 7, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    I imagine next thing will be someone getting sick on the course, vomiting etc, and being disqualified for slow play.But its ok for the officials to argue about a rules infraction for 10 minutes and hold things up… Jordan Speith at The Open. Let’s use some common sense. If there are mitigating circumstances, think before initiating such a harsh penalty.

  23. joro

    Jun 7, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    Typical of the Morons running Golf. There is no answer for this kind of foolishness other than the Bluenoses have no idea what the real world is like and Doing a person because he needed help was just plain ignorant. I had a similar thing happen with an injury during a round and having qualified the your before they would not even take my application the following year. They are nothing but a bunch of pompous $(%(%* s;

    • BobbyC

      Jun 8, 2019 at 4:04 pm

      It’s just another reason why I decided not to renew my membership after many years. The USGA can’t seem to do anything right – course setup for majors, rules – you name it.

      • Speedy

        Jun 9, 2019 at 8:03 pm

        I picked up your end, and thank you for leaving.

  24. Jaime

    Jun 7, 2019 at 11:37 am

    Self righteous armwavers. Get a real job.

    • Speedy

      Jun 9, 2019 at 8:06 pm

      I did. Keyboard warrior. It is thankless, but I do my best.

  25. Keith D Ruehle

    Jun 7, 2019 at 11:18 am

    On the 8th day, God created the USGA.

  26. GMatt

    Jun 7, 2019 at 10:58 am

    Gotta love the USGA drawing more attention to themselves and not the tournament itself by getting involved in some kind of controversy, they just can’t help but self destruct anything they touch.

  27. AOC

    Jun 7, 2019 at 10:31 am

    rules are rules

    • Eric

      Jun 7, 2019 at 10:57 am

      Rules are rules?! Come on now. I hope there is some sarcasm with that post Ocasio. There are always exceptions to the rules. In the Columbus, Ohio sectional a golfer missed his afternoon tee time due to a car accident while traveling to the next golf course. The USGA was okay with rescheduling his tee time for later in the day. If the article is factual and he was actually in the restroom, there is no reason for the USGA not to make an exception.

      • dttruman

        Jun 7, 2019 at 11:26 am

        I totally agree with you, but there seems to be a discrepancy. Was he a little late because of a bathroom break or did he go to lunch, according to “Brian DePasquale, manager of championship communications for the USGA”?
        If it’s a bathroom break, well the USGA is being it’s over officious self again.

        • Jack Gallagher

          Jun 7, 2019 at 11:36 am

          As usual, this is a major problem of reporting, not just with this reporter, but with reporters throughout the media world: they report some facts, but never all the facts that they could potentially have obtained before going to print. Your point is well taken – how does Brian DePasquale know/think that the young man went to lunch? Well, the reporter (Magliocco)m ight have taken the opportunity to ask him that, but did he ask him? One would hope that a “manager of communications” would actually attempt an honest answer to that question – if only it were asked.

          • Scratchscorer

            Jun 8, 2019 at 4:23 pm

            Exactly. The reader is left wondering what happened and why the journalist can’t get to the bottom of it.

            • Bob Castelline

              Jun 8, 2019 at 5:20 pm

              That’s because journalism isn’t actually taught anymore. When I went to J-school, you had to have two on-the-record sources in order to publish anything, and your editor would read you the riot act if you didn’t ask appropriate follow-up questions. Now it’s “Tweet first, verify later (optional).”

            • Speedy

              Jun 9, 2019 at 8:23 pm

              He tried, but the issue was deemed bottomless

            • Speedy

              Jun 9, 2019 at 8:25 pm

              No small feat.

          • KeithP

            Jun 8, 2019 at 6:46 pm

            Because he is not a reporter. He writes his articles by referring to social media.

            • Art

              Jun 8, 2019 at 9:15 pm

              He basically summarized (poorly) the article linked to in the beginning of the… Post. We’ll call it a post.

          • B. Simpson

            Jun 9, 2019 at 6:01 pm

            It appeared to me the report was complete. Card was turned in 15 minutes after the round

            USGA panics and responds inappropriately

            • Speedy

              Jun 9, 2019 at 8:12 pm

              It could have been far worse. I think the USGA acted appropriately.

    • Ell

      Jun 9, 2019 at 9:35 am

      Rules are rules? Which is why my group of retirees who play once or twice a week do not carry a copy of the USGA rule book in any of our bags. We play the game because we like it. Ball in a sand trap, take it out; ball next to a tree stump, use the Foot Joy rule. Greens in not good shape, two putt rule and within the length of the putter. We have never bet against one another, been playing together since 1975.

      • Speedy

        Jun 9, 2019 at 8:14 pm

        Your group is playing, but it is not golf.

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (7.19.19)



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Let’s get to it then, here are six of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

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Erik van Rooyen’s ankle-shy pants caused quite a stir at The Open



Erik van Rooyen’s 68 in round two vaulted him up the leaderboard and into contention on Friday morning at Royal Portrush. But while the South African’s golf has been impressive over the opening two days at The Open, it’s van Rooyen’s pants which have got everyone talking.

The 29-year-old’s ankle shy red pants on Friday were such a hot topic that they even dominated the chatter during his post-round media duties. Following his second round, van Rooyen was asked seven questions by the press, and five of those were about his pants.

Speaking on the pants in question, van Rooyen confidently stated after his round

“I like the fact that it’s a little bit different yet still classy at the same time. It’s not out there and whacky with a bunch of flashy colors … If you’re going to wear it, you’ve got to own it. I feel like I’m owning it.”

However, while the South African may feel that way, his trousers received a much more mixed reaction on social media.

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Strong start, then tremendous misfortune: David Duval cards a 13 after playing the wrong ball



David Duval suffered a nightmare first round at Royal Portrush on Thursday, and during his opening nine, the 2001 Claret Jug winner recorded the highest score on a single hole at The Open for 69 years.

The 47-year-old came to the par-5 seventh hole having played his previous two holes five-over-par, but that was nothing compared to what Duval was about to experience.

Duval played the wrong ball on the seventh hole, and his entire play on the hole even managed to confuse the official scoreboard. The former Open Champion was initially credited with a triple-bogey eight on the par-5, which was then adjusted to a whopping 15, before being changed to a 13.

As you would expect, Twitter had plenty to say on the octuple bogey.


Thursday afternoon, the R&A announced on The Open’s website that Duval’s score had again been adjusted from a 13 to a 14, stating

“The adjustment was made following an error in reviewing his score on the 7th hole. David lost his first two balls from the tee and then played a wrong ball for the third ball played from the tee. On discovering the mistake at the green he had to return to where the wrong ball was played but the correct ball could not be found. Therefore he had to play again from the tee for a fourth time under penalty of stroke and distance. He played six shots in completing the hole with the fourth ball from the tee. He incurred a two-shot penalty for playing the wrong ball but the strokes played with the wrong ball do not count in his score (Rule 6.3c).”

The correction results in Duval’s opening round becoming 91, 20-over-par.


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