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Rory Sabbatini DQ’d from RSM Classic for having non-conforming attachment on clubface

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Rory Sabbatini fired an impressive round of 4-under on day one of the RSM Classic, but it was all in vain as the 45-year-old was disqualified for having a non-conforming external attachment on the face of his fairway wood.

The Olympic silver medalist had a reflective sticker attached to his clubface, which he did not realize he hadn’t removed until after the first hole on Thursday, and he was subsequently disqualified after his round.

Golf Channel’s Rex Hoggard spoke to John Munch, the Tour’s senior tournament director equipment standards, who enlightened everyone about what exactly these stickers are.

“There are stickers, reflective stickers. [They are] tiny. The players use them to track club head speed when they practice and he just didn’t take them off.”

Considering the plethora of rules mishaps we’ve seen in 2021, it’s almost impressive that at this late stage of the year, there’s been another unique one.

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6 Comments

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  1. Harry Skip Robinson

    Dec 2, 2021 at 11:46 am

    Pretty stiff penalty for something that provides no benefit to someone’s score. A one stroke penalty if anything. How interesting that people who want to make the rules, end up making some pretty poor ones. The political system is also a great example.

  2. Jerome

    Nov 22, 2021 at 2:02 pm

    After the decision, he was seen rending his garments in anger and frustration. The media promptly attacked him for his unruly and violent display. Oh, wait, that was the other Rory? Never mind.

  3. chip75

    Nov 19, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    Not the first time it’s happened, I think one of the YouTubers got a DQ from a UK tournament a few years back. It’s one of the rules that stinks if you break it, but players are fully aware of it.

  4. Mower

    Nov 19, 2021 at 7:36 pm

    Ridiculous. Agreed!

  5. Everardo

    Nov 19, 2021 at 12:41 pm

    I love that golf has standards, that players call penalties on themselves, the whole ‘respect’ aspect of it……..BUT this ruling is just stupid. I understand the rule but come on!

  6. A golfer

    Nov 19, 2021 at 7:37 am

    Stupid ruling and a misinterpretation of the rules of golf in my opinion. This needs to be clarified to make it clear that these launch monitor stickers, which should never touch a ball except on complete mis-hits, and would not provide any benefit, can be left on. If you read the letter of the rule, I don’t think this is a violation.

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‘This is why some people hate golf’ – Golfer suffers incredibly cruel disqualification

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A golfer has been disqualified from the USGA 4-ball this morning after having two grips on his putter that were a quarter of an inch too close together.

Popular Twitter account “Monday Q Info” shared the news of the equipment violation today with the following tweet:

“If you have two grips on the putter, they have to be a minimum of 1.5 inches apart. His were 1.25 inches apart…One of the USGA officials saw it yesterday afternoon…Went back to the hotel to confirm the rule…Measured this AM in parking lot and DQ’d him.”

Former professional golfer, Will Strickler weighed in on the disqualification.

It’s been a year that continues to throw up the unlikeliest of rules violations, but this one may just be about the harshest so far of 2022.

One golf fan on Twitter probably summed up the feelings of many frustrated people reacting to the reason for the DQ, saying: “And this is why some people hate golf.”

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‘You drink enough, you’ll be fine’ – Brooks Koepka defends PGA Championship beer prices

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Earlier in the week, a picture of the menu from Southern Hills was released. Many fans were outraged about the exorbitant price of beer and water, although some defended it.

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A few PGA Tour players have now weighed in on the high prices, and it seems they too have differing opinions.

Justin Thomas said via Twitter that he disagreed with the prices and that you “Gotta treat the fans better than that”.

Brooks Koepka, on the other hand, defended the prices of the beer.

“Yeah. Michelob Ultra is 18 bucks, but it’s a tall boy,” he said, referring to the fact that the cans of beer at Southern Hills are 25 oz. “It’s bigger than the normal 12 ounces, 16 ounces. It’s bigger than the normal ones, so you’ll be all right. You drink enough, you’ll be fine.”

It’s worth noting that Michelob is one of Koepka’s sponsors.

The tournament officials also defended the menu prices.

“We do have a new concession area, but we also have a new ticketing pricing offering for all the spectators this year, which includes basically as much food and non-alcoholic beverage as they want included in the price of the ticket,” Kerry Haigh, Chief Championships Officer of the PGA of America, said. “Starting Thursday, spectators will be able to drink non-alcoholic beverages and as much food as they want for the price of their ticket. For those on the practice days, all spectators can bring in bottled water, and starting Thursday we’ll have refills on water.

“The pricing of the product is sort of comparable to stadium events. We’re comfortable with where we are, and we hope spectators will come out and have a great time and a great experience.”

Seth Waugh, CEO of the PGA of America, said these prices may be re-evaluated in the future though.

“It’s a new model for us, right, so at the end of it we’ll go back and, like we always do, try to figure out if it worked or didn’t work and what we can do better and raise the bar.”

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How Mickelson gambled during tournaments with announcer who was throwing ‘wadded-up twenties out of tower’

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We will not see defending PGA champion Phil Mickelson at Southern Hills this week but his name is still creating headlines just a day before the first tee time.

It cannot be a coincidence that the release of Alan Shipnuck’s no-holds-barred biography was timed for this very week, but it is the nature of the content, plus previously reported excerpts from the book, that make PGA Championship week more than the names on the entry list.

Just a few days ago, we reported on a part of the bio that concentrates on a story told by golf scribe John Hawkins.

In the short piece, Hawkins alleges Mickelson made large numbers bets on college basketball games in a brief space of time, so many that he felt the now-maligned player to be “showing off”.

The book makes many further allegations, including a segment involving outspoken former professional and announcer Gary McCord.

In that section of the book, McCord alleges gambling took place on the putting green during tournaments, and in the most bizarre fashion.

“When I was in the TV tower, every time Phil got to my hole, Bones (caddie Jim Mackay) would look up at me and I would flash the odds,” McCord said. “If Phil had a 15-footer, I’d flash three fingers, which meant the odds were 3-1. If he was 60 feet, I’d give him 2-1 on a two-putt. Bones would go down and whisper in his ear and Phil would look up at me and shake his head, yes or no.”

“I can’t tell you how many wadded-up twenties I threw out of the tower until the Tour found out about it and I got word through CBS I was no longer allowed to gamble with Phil while up in the tower.”

Previous to these allegations, Mickelson’s gambling habits were the stuff of hearsay, but this is perhaps the wildest Phil related gambling story of them all.

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