ANDhe japanese Hideki Matsuyama, winner of the 2021 Augusta Masters, was disqualified from the Memorial for using an irregular golf club, the PGA T
The Memorial: Matsuyama, disqualified from the Memorial for using a tuned club: the golfer recognizes the irregularity
ANDhe japanese Hideki Matsuyama, winner of the 2021 Augusta Masters, was disqualified from the Memorial for using an irregular golf club, the PGA Tour reported in a statement, a tournament in which Jon Rahm started at par, with six players tied for the lead with 67 strokes (-5 ). Rafa Cabrera, the other Spaniard, shot 74. (See results)
The rule for which Matsuyama was disqualified
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 could alter the normal impact with the ball.
The main referee pointed out that hePlayers can add small marks with a marker for reasons of comfort in the game, but the stick used by Matsuyama exceeded the allowed limit.
The Japanese golfer painted a circle on his drive indicating the center of the clubhead.
The moment Matsuyama was disqualified from the Memorial
Matsuyama recognized the irregularity with his stick
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 played until next Sunday at the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.