Saturday, July 19, 2008

Michelle Wie disqualified for violating the LPGA Rule

Michelle Wie PictureGolf player, Michelle Wie is the player to beat this week according to Cristina Kim but unfortunately Wie was disqualified in the LPGA State Farm Classic for violating the rule in Signing and Returning the Score Card before leaving the scoring area.

Betsy King, working as a TV analyst at the State Farm tournament said that Wie always had her caddy stands over her as she turned in her scorecard to make sure nothing to miss. However, the Tour Officials were not sure if her caddy accompanied her into the scoring tent.

Michelle Wie PhotoThe rule was “After completion of the round, the competitor should check his score for each hole and settle any doubtful points with the Committee. He must ensure that the marker or markers have signed the score card, sign the score card himself and return it to the Committee as soon as possible and that a player is deemed to have returned her score card to the Committee when she leaves the roped area of the scoring tent or leaves the scoring trailer”. However, what happened was prior to signing her card, Wie had left the defined scoring area resulting in her subsequent disqualification.

According to Wie, it’s just really unfortunate. She didn’t know what happened to her during that time. She usually sign her scorecard before leaving the tent area but so unfortunate to forgot signing her scorecard that time. The scorers went after her and she signed it and turned it in and she thought that it would be okay.

Well, a Rule is always a rule. There are no exemptions even if it’s an honest mistake. It’s a good learning experience though, that’s what Michelle Wie had to say.