During the second round of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, D.A. Points was waiting on the iconic 18th tee. There was a long wait, for some groups, 15 to 20 minutes or more. During his wait, D.A. took the opportunity to pull out a green ball given to him by instructor Grant Waite, and began to take some practice swings with it. The swings were caught on camera, and the result was a disqualification for violation of Rule 14-3.
The bottom line, he should have known better.
“We were standing on the tee; it’s cold, it’s raining,.. I pull out the ball and make some dry practice swings, just trying to loosen up. I come to find out it’s an unusual training device, something you wouldn’t have in your bag. It’s my fault for not knowing the rule and I own up to that, but I don’t want people thinking I was using some sort of contraption or device. It’s just a green spongy ball. That’s it. It’s not something they sell online or anything.”
Rules infractions (particularly inadvertent infractions) are tough for players to swallow, but the way in which D.A. handled everything shows that he’s a true professional. He took it in stride, and is even going to play out the third and fourth rounds with his pro-am playing partner Condoleezza Rice, even though his scores will not count in the tournament.
“It’s still an opportunity to play with her… If maybe I can have a hot round and Condoleezza can play great, maybe I can help her move further up in the tournament.”
Good on ya D.A.
Source: Golf Channel