Pin-sheet error nearly leads to missed cut for Knost

By Will GrayJuly 29, 2016, 6:16 pm

Updated July 30 at 8:01 a.m. ET:

Colt Knost made the cut, at 2 over par. He was one of 86 players to make the cut on the number.

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SPRINGFIELD, N.J. – A pin-sheet error could prove to be the difference in Colt Knost’s weekend plans at the PGA Championship.

Knost was in the first group off the back nine Friday morning amid heavy rain at Baltusrol Golf Club. To make matters worse, the group was provided a pin sheet that incorrectly identified the hole location for No. 10, their first hole of the day.

The sheet provided to the players indicated the hole on No. 10 was 21 paces on and four from the left side of the green. Instead, the hole was 19 paces on and five from the right.

The error went unnoticed by Knost, who played his shot to the right side of the green – intending to err on the side of caution – and was surprised to realize he had short-sided his 5-wood approach. He ended up making bogey.

“People are going to say we should be able to tell which side of the green it’s on, but I mean, I was 210 yards out and it was raining rather hard. We just expect the pin [sheet] to be right,” Knost said after a 3-over 73 left him at 2 over for the tournament. “It’s a big deal, it’s a big difference. It shouldn’t happen in tournaments like this.”

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The PGA of America quickly distributed a revised pin sheet to players, but it came after Knost’s group had played the hole. In the group behind, Gary Woodland and Ryan Palmer both stated that they noticed the error from the 10th tee box.

“I was on 10 tee and I looked up, I said to the official next to us, ‘That pin is not right,’” Palmer said. “I said, ‘You’ve got 21 on and four from the left and that pin is on the right side of the green.’ He said, ‘Well, the green is narrow up there.’”

“By the time we got to the fairway, we saw them walking it off so we knew it was wrong,” Woodland said. “It was just, it was a mess obviously.”

Play continued for 75 minutes before a stoppage because of saturated conditions, and during the subsequent delay another hole location was changed, this time to No. 8, which necessitated a second revision of the pin sheet.

“We ended up having three different pin sheets today, so there was a great deal of miscommunication for sure,” Palmer said.

The PGA of America released a statement addressing the error shortly after Knost completed his round.

“The PGA of America rules committee did not notice the hole had been cut in the incorrect location until after each member of Group 14 (Knost, Joe Summerhays and Yuta Ikeda) had hit his second shot to the green,” the statement read. “The hole location played by Group 14 was provided (in) a revised hole location sheet to all subsequent groups, meaning all the groups today are playing the same hole location.

“PGA Chief Championships Officer Kerry Haigh met with the players in Group 14 after they signed their cards to offer an explanation, express his disappointment and apologize to them.”

Knost said that Haigh apologized for the error in the scoring area, adding that Haigh said simply, “We messed up.”

“I mean, there’s nothing they can do. It affected one group,” Knost said. “It’s just that it was us. It sucks.”

Knost birdied the next hole after the mix-up, but his 2-over total was one shot outside the projected cut line when he completed his round.

“I made bogey there and that could be the difference in me playing tomorrow or not,” he said. “I hope it’s not, but that would be pretty frustrating if it is."


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He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.

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In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

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By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.