3. 1987: If you build it, they will DQ you
Craig Stadler thought he had finished in a three-way tie for second place – until he was notified that he had been disqualified for “building a stance” in violation of the rules. On Saturday, with his ball under a tree, Stadler had played a shot from his knees, putting a towel down to keep his pants clean. A clip of the shot was shown on Sunday as part of the tournament highlights, and some TV viewers called in to rat Stadler out. In 1995, with the tree dying from a fungus, Stadler was invited to take it down with a chain saw. He happily complied, even autographing branches for spectators.