In a game filled with rules and rules, and more rules, you can’t blame players for inadvertently breaking a rule from time to time. There’s so many of them, and they have their nuances. But yes, all players young and old alike should know and abide by the rules. Especially when they’re printed out on a sheet of paper for you, and even more so when you’re a professional.
An unfortunate case-in-point hit us today during a U.S. Open sectional qualifier at the Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Maryland. Before his second round, two-time U.S. Open champ Lee Janzen was disqualified for wearing steel spikes. All contestants were sent a letter that clearly stated ‘Steel spikes are not permitted for the qualifying rounds or for practice rounds. It is a condition at all qualifying sites, unless otherwise indicated by an asterisk on the entry application’.
A shame for sure, but Lee… C’mon man, seems like a careless breach of the rules.
Following the ruling, Janzen tweeted his thoughts:
Yes. DQ for metal spikes at qualifier at woodmont. Rule was in e-mail. More concerned about my game. 75 1st round put me way back anyway.
— Lee Janzen (@LeeJanzen) June 3, 2013
You have to give Lee credit for taking this all… in stride? *groan*