Updated Thursday, 9:06 p.m. ET: USGA officials said Thursday that they did not confiscate Clint Rice's clubs, but were asked by Rice to take them back to the clubhouse.
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – USGA chief Mike Davis made headlines a few weeks ago when he said that U.S. Open success would come only to those who became extremely familiar with Chambers Bay. Those showing up and only playing a couple practice rounds will not fare well.
Clint Rice was out for a casual practice round Tuesday with fellow Aussie Geoff Ogilvy, trying to gather course knowledge until his clubs were confiscated by a USGA official on the 13th hole, according to a report from the Australian AP.
Rice, No. 1188 in the Official World Golf Ranking, is an alternate after attempting to qualify last week in Ohio. Alternates are not allowed to play a practice round although they are allowed to use all tournament practice facilities.
A USGA official told the Australian AP that Rice had been given information that told him he was not allowed to play Chambers Bay.
“It’s a big silly if you’re not holding anybody up or interfering with their practice,” Ogilvy told the Australian AP. “I’d get it if there were no spots available for players in the field. But this wasn’t the case here.
“It’s a shame because we were having a good time and he seemed like a really good bloke.”
Rice did not give a comment to the Australian AP.