The Japanese Hideki Matsuyama was disqualified this Thursday from the Memorial tournament for using an irregular golf club, The PGA said in a stat
The Japanese Hideki Matsuyama was disqualified this Thursday from the Memorial tournament for using an irregular golf club, The PGA said in a statement.
Matsuyama, winner of this tournament in 2014, was sanctioned for failing to comply with the regulation that prohibits players from placing substances in their golf clubs that can alter the normal impact with the ball.
The chief judge noted that players can add small marks with a felt-tip pen for convenience. in the game, but the club used by Matsuyama exceeded the allowed limit.
The Japanese did not know that his club was irregular and, when the judge approached him to ask for information on the second hole, he admitted that he had used it on the first, which caused his disqualification.
The tournament’s chief judge, Steve Rintoul, praised Matsuyama for being “very honest” with him.
The Memorial tournament will be held until next Sunday at the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.