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USGA steps backward by confiscating competitors' clubs!

USGA steps backward by confiscating competitors’ clubs!

USGA steps backward by confiscating competitors’ clubs!

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If you are lucky enough to get into the U.S. Open as an alternate, you should be able to play a practice round prior to the big event.

NOPE! And the USGA officials will even take your clubs away if they catch you on the course! YIKES.

Apparently, ‘alternates’ are allowed to use practice areas, but are not allowed to use the course prior to the tournament. Aussie Clint Rice was playing a casual round yesterday with Tour Player Geoff Ogilvy and had his clubs confiscated on the 13th hole at Chambers Bay in Washington.

USGA steps backward by confiscating competitors' clubs!

Geoff Ogilvy was apparently not happy that fellow Aussie Clint Rice was not allowed to play a practice round before the US Open at Chambers Bay!

Ogilvy told the Australian press that it was ‘silly” because they were not holding anyone up and the course was not full. This overly stringent adherence to the rules is negative and causes eyeball-rolling by other nation’s golfers.  

What do you think of the USGA’s decision?  I think if you qualify for the US Open, you should get to play at least one practice round.  Surely!  Preventing that makes no sense to me!

Source: Mel Sole.

Pictures: Tour Pro Golf Clubs

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