Juli Inkster was disqualified from the Safeway Classic on Saturday in a most unusual way.
It seems an observant TV viewer spotted Inkster using a weighted doughnut on her golf club while waiting on the tenth hole at the Ghost Creek Course.
A pro golfer can’t use a weight like that during competition, however. It’s illegal to use a training aid during play.
Inkster, 50, finished her round and was then informed of the disqualification. She blew past reporters and left the course without comment.
It had to be frustrating, given that Inkster was 8 under after the first two rounds and was a mere three strokes behind leader Ai Miyazato.
Sue Witters, LPGA Director of Tournament Competitions, stated that a television viewer had spotted the illegal device and called in to the tournament.
Inkster has since issued the following statement:
“I had a 30-minute wait and I needed to loosen up. It had no effect on my game whatsoever, but it is what it is. I’m very disappointed.”
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