One tour pro is not visiting the local coin laundry to clean his duds for the US Open. 'Cause he's not going.
John Catlin and his entire group were penalized 3 shots for their pace-of-play, or lack thereof. Catlin missed a playoff by one shot.
He points the finger at extraneous circumstances:
- a playing partner shot 85 (oof)
- the group waited 15 minutes for a ruling
The Washington State Rules Officials have received flak for their drastic decision but their response is ultimately..."Shut it, you weren't there."
- the 15-minute ruling was early in the round
- they never caught up
- the group missed all 4 pace-of-play checkpoints
Whoa, for a second there we thought they said 4 check stops. If that was the case we would've been asked to leave the property immediately.
Where's the Rules Rover?
Catlin did have the option of calling in a "Rules Rover" to monitor a “non-responsive fellow competitor”...but he didn't. He might not have known he had the option. Or maybe it was a case of; if you can't pick out the slow player in your group in the first 4 holes...
There is a funny ending but not for Catlin.
The goof that shot 47 on the front followed by a 38 on the back "decided" not to add the penalities to his scorecard and was ultimately DQ'ed.
Apparently scoring properly isn't a suggestion, is a requirement. Good to know.