BRADENTON, Fla. – It took three days, but the NCAA on Sunday issued the first slow-play penalty of these NCAA Championships.
Actually, it issued four of them.
Arizona State’s Max Rottluff, Florida’s JD Tomlinson and UAB’s Martin Rowher, who played together in the 7:30 a.m. group, were each assessed a one-stroke penalty after they missed two checkpoints and officials deemed that they didn’t make a concerted effort to pick up the pace. South Carolina’s Will Murphy also received a penalty in a different group.
Rottluff, the 12th-ranked player in the country, took the infraction particularly hard.
At 4-over 220, he appeared to be on the cut line to advance to Monday’s final round of stroke play, which is reserved for the top 15 teams and the low nine individuals on a non-advancing team. With the one-shot penalty, however, it appears as though Rottluff will miss the cut by one. Third-round play was suspended at about 6:30 p.m. ET Sunday because of lightning.
“That’s not how you want to remember a national championship,” he said. “It’s very disappointing for me.”
Though several players received warnings during the first two rounds, no penalties were given.