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14 players disqualified from mini-tour event for playing from the wrong tees

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Despite the Coronavirus pandemic, there is still golf being played in some regions of the US in mini-tour events, and Tuesday during an event on the Outlaw Tour saw a significant rules controversy.

Per Ryan French (Twitter’s Monday Q Info), 14 players during round one of the Outlaw Tour’s Verrado Founders Championship were DQ’d from the event after playing from the wrong set of tees on one hole.

Despite the 14-men playing from a distance longer than they should have, there is no dispensation from the rule despite it being clear there was no intent to gain an advantage on their competitors.

Following the opening round, tournament director Jesse Burghart released a statement on Facebook where he defiantly stuck by his decision to disqualify the 14 players.

“I stand by my decision to uphold the integrity of the game and the Rules of Golf…Penalty for breach of rules is disqualification. It’s very black and white and one of the most important rules to follow.

I’ve heard all the name calling and peanut gallery remarks. At the end of the day we are supposed to be professional golfers. Ultimately it’s your decision to be one or not.

Sheriff Out”

@acaseofthegolf1

One of the players DQ’d because of the error was James Feutz who backed the Tour’s decision on his social media, but explained how he feels some compensation should be given “considering how many people made the same mistake and the current world situation.”

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at gianni@golfwrx.com. Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. Mike duffer

    Apr 3, 2020 at 12:22 am

    You hit the nail on the head Rascal. Ole Geof is probably a sheriff in disguise.

  2. Mike duffer

    Apr 2, 2020 at 9:41 pm

    Another draconian minded golf rules official putting his stamp of authority in what was not an issue of cheating or gaining unfair advantage. These players were misled by the tee box setup. They gained no advantage but were actually at a greater disadvantage. The tournament committee could have admitted the setup was incorrect.
    Rulings such as this is why players continue to leave the game. Would NASCAR penalize a driver if he started 2 rows behind, does tennis penalize players for standing to far from the base line, etc. Right now USGA is allowing scores to be posted with the cup raised. I guess if the sheriff dweeb was in charge, he would DQ everyone.

  3. Marty Oostrom

    Apr 2, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    Marty O.

    How is this still allowed to happen in a Tour Event and more specifically, why has the rule not been changed yet. This exact situation happened in a Canadian PGA Senior event in Ottawa several years ago with the same result. Please, can we get the powers to be take a serious look at this, before the perception of golf to some takes another hit.

  4. Jack Nash

    Apr 1, 2020 at 2:29 pm

    If tee decks are “properly” marked there wouldn’t be a problem would there? The 14 were never in sight of each other. How could they all hit off the wrong tees? Blame the Tournament setup crew. Too bad for the 14. It wasn’t their fault .

  5. Dave r

    Apr 1, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    Right on Doc I read that 75% of golf courses in the USA are still open . That’s the part I do not understand. And rounds are up . REALLY?????????

  6. chip75

    Apr 1, 2020 at 11:51 am

    18 yards of social distancing … Would it have been that difficult for the tournament officials to remove the other tee markers for the event? that way if you don’t see tees on the tee boxes then you probably should know you’re in the wrong place.

    There wasn’t a single official available to tell players that there was an error with the card and they should move up?

    I doubt a single player grumbled about the decision to DQ, it was the avoidable cause that was the issue.

  7. Ryan

    Apr 1, 2020 at 11:29 am

    So if I follow:

    Tournament organizers make mistake

    Tournament organizers punish golfers/customers for their mistake

    They don’t acknowledge mistake and just say that the golfers should know better than to make a mistake (couldn’t you make the same point about the tournament organizers…?)

    Golfers point out that this is kinda BS.

    This was the organizers fault. Constantly pushing the blame down the hill to others and acting surprised they’d make a mistake in response to the mistake you made while taking no fault yourself is so weak and exactly what I’d expect a guy who signs off with “sheriff” in this situation to say.

  8. Baba Booey

    Mar 31, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    “Sheriff out”?
    What a maroon

    • Geoffrey Holland

      Apr 1, 2020 at 10:37 am

      Coming from someone calling himself baba booey, I hardly think you’re one to comment.

      • Rascal

        Apr 1, 2020 at 5:12 pm

        He’s still right, regardless of your disdain for the screen name chosen by this individual.

        • Mike duffer

          Apr 2, 2020 at 10:08 pm

          You hit the nail on the head Rascal. Ole Geof is probably a sheriff in disguise.

      • FaFa Fooey

        Apr 3, 2020 at 5:15 pm

        Ok GEOFFREY. Are you royalty with that name? What a moroon.

  9. Dr Fauci

    Mar 31, 2020 at 12:57 pm

    Wait, so not everyone is following social distancing rules?

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GolfWRX Classifieds Spotlight (05/29/20): Ping, Byron Morgan, Mizuno Copper!

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At GolfWRX, we love golf equipment plain and simple

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment for the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball, it even allows us to share another thing – the equipment itself.

One of the best ways to enjoy equipment is to experiment and whether you are looking to buy-sell-or trade (as the name suggests) you can find almost anything in the GolfWRX BST Forum. From one-off custom Scotty Cameron Circle T putters, to iron sets, wedges, and barely hit drivers, you can find it all in our constantly updated marketplace.

These are some of the latest cool finds from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

Member BassCatchr77 – Ping i500 / iBlade combo set

They might look like blades all the way through the bag, but this is not your average combo set. Ping i500s are some of the hottest hollow irons on the market and the iBlades are way more forgiving than they appear. This is like a sneaky speedster family sedan with 500HP under the hood.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Ping Combo Set

Member Ngin24 – Byron Morgan Milled Putter

Most people know the big names when it comes to milled putters, and although Byron Morgan hasn’t yet broken into the mainstream doesn’t mean he doesn’t make an awesome putter! This is a milled Anser shape with clean lines and no alignment aid on top – they don’t get cleaner than this.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Byron Morgan Putter

Member DirtyBirdie2 – Copper Mizuo MP 20’s

This is one of 500 sets released worldwide and safely being stored in their original box. The asking price might seem high but when you consider the rarity of these irons ( and how freakin’ cool they look ) can you really put a price on them?

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Copper Mizuno Irons

Remember that you can always browse the GolfWRX Classifieds any time here in our forums: GolfWRX Classifieds 

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The DailyWRX 5/29/2020: My friend is an incredible golfer, Barkley the HoFer, Molinari’s landscaping

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We are just two short weeks from live PGA Tour action…just let that sink in and inspire.

That is all, let’s see what happened on IG and the Tweeter.

This is personal…

My best friend just ripped Santa Ana CC in half…

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Congrats @nbollini on a 62! Member course record.

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He wasn’t the best last Sunday…

But Chuck did perform like a Hall of Famer.

This can’t be ignored…

Great swing pro, but wait…..that’s your backyard?! Where did I go wrong? SMH. I’m chipping whiffle balls into a kids’ sand bucket.

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So good to see the boss out of his back garden ????

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Jacklin coming in HOT….

I mean yes it’s shocking he only won one major…..but he’s Sergio, he’s still a legend.

The Steve Stricker Invitational is canceled…

I watched this tourney for one reason….to watch Steve Stricker (Top 10 all-time faves) take a victory lap. YouTube highlights here I come.

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The Match Pt. 3 – The perfect candidates to pair up with Tiger and Phil

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After Sunday’s hugely successful The Match: Champions for Charity, golf fans are already demanding for the third instalment to complete the Tiger Woods vs Phil Mickelson trilogy.

Whether it’s athletes from other sports, current LPGA stars or celebrities, there’s been plenty of names touted to pair up with Tiger and Phil, and here’s a rundown of some of the biggest contenders to tee it up for The Match Pt. 3.

Sporting Greats

Michael Jordan

A sporting superstar, an avid golfer and a high roller gambler – the world would tune in for MJ. If The Match 3 wants to go in the same direction as the second instalment then landing MJ would be a massive coup, and during an interview with Dan Patrick this week, Phil said he wants him involved.

  • Handicap: 1.9

Steph Curry

One of the biggest NBA players in the game, serial golfer and a man who has done some incredible things for the game of golf to help the sport grow. Curry has already teed it up on the formerly known Web.com Tour, and he has the game to hold his own in this contest.

  • Handicap: 0.1

Tony Romo

The former Cowboys QB loves his golf and provided plenty of highlights when he teed it up last year at the PGA Tour’s Safeway Open. Romo has a natural flair for the mic, and he’s already shown he’s not afraid to mix it with the pros.

  • Handicap: +0.3

LPGA Stars

Lexi Thompson

I’d love to see more mixed events, and if The Match 3 is to involve LPGA players, then Lexi Thompson has to be involved. Arguably the most recognizable face on the LPGA Tour, Thompson would be a great addition with her power game, blessed with the ability to hit both bombs and hellacious seeds – the perfect fit for the event.

Danielle Kang

The World Number 5 in the world, and Danielle Kang’s star is on the rise. Not only can she play, but she’s not afraid to talk the talk too. She may not have “made the Europeans cry” as she hoped at the 2019 Solheim Cup, but that likely wouldn’t hold her back from trash-talking either Tiger or Phil.

Nelly Korda

The 21-year-old may not have a major to her name just yet, but her number 2 ranking shows she’s close to breaking through. America’s highest-ranked player and one of the longest hitters on the LPGA Tour.

Celebrities

Larry David

As comics go, Larry David is difficult not to love. He may not be the best golfer in the world, but the humor he would bring to the event would more than compensate for any suspect shots.

  • Handicap: 15

Bill Murray 

A golf icon in his own right, Bill Murray is seen annually entertaining the crowds at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and his golf game is very solid too. He’d be a popular choice, and there’s no chance the occasion would get the better of him.

  • Handicap: 7.2

Ray Romano

Just like Murray, Ray Romano loves his golf and is seen annually at Pebble Beach during the Tour’s Pro-Am. His game may not hold up as well as Murray, but his entertainment value would more than make up for that.

  • Handicap: 17

WRXers, who do you want to see tee it up with Tiger and Phil for ‘The Match Pt. 3’? 

Let us know what you think!

 

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