LPGA's Alex DQ'd after failing to sign card

By Randall MellJanuary 24, 2014, 4:19 pm

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas – The Rules of Golf delivered another cold, cruel blow here at the LPGA’s season opener.

Marina Alex, playing in her first event as a full LPGA member, estimates she stepped about 3 feet outside the scoring tent on Thursday after checking her scorecard following the first round of the Pure Silk Bahamas Classic when she was alerted that she neglected to sign her card. Because she technically left the scoring area, she was disqualified.

Alex, 23, a Vanderbilt graduate, earned her tour card finishing third on the Symetra Tour money list last season. She shot 3-over-par 76 on Thursday in just her fifth start in an LPGA event.

“It was really bizarre,” Alex told GolfChannel.com by phone from her hotel room Friday morning. “I took one step outside scoring, about 3 feet, but it is what it is.

“I was upset, but I was more mad at myself. I knew I wasn’t focused in scoring the way I should have been, and I paid a price for it.”

Alex said she was keeping fellow competitor Laura Diaz’s scorecard, as is LPGA custom, and she signed that card. She said she thoroughly checked scores on her own card before turning it over to the volunteer in scoring.

“I was going through what I normally do, checking my scores hole by hole, but I didn’t have a great day on the course, and I was a little distracted,” Alex said. “My hip was bothering me, and I was thinking I need to get over to see the trainer. I knew I signed Laura’s scorecard, but I didn’t realize I did not sign mine.

“I handed my card over to scoring, asked if everything was OK. I was told, ‘Yes, everything looks good,' and I stepped outside the tent to my bag. As I was stepping away, I was told, ‘Wait a minute, you didn’t sign your scorecard.’”

When Alex asked Diaz about it, Diaz cautioned her about signing after leaving scoring. Alex wasn’t sure what technically constituted the scoring area; she had stepped just a few feet outside scoring to her bag, so she called LPGA rules official Brad Alexander, who delivered the bad news.

“I’m really sorry,” Alex said. “I’m not going to fight anything. It was a mistake, and I will never do it again.”

Alex expects to make her next LPGA start at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open in three weeks.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

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Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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