Disqualified for the US Open after a 62 round

The student, a member of the University of Illinois team through which Belgian Thomas Pieters passed, had taken part in one of the local qualifying stages for the US Open.

by Andrea Gussoni
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Disqualified for the US Open after a 62 round

Tommy Kuhl had had a dream Monday. The student, a member of the University of Illinois team through which Belgian Thomas Pieters passed, had taken part in one of the local qualifying stages for the US Open. On the route of the Illini Country Club located about a hundred kilometers from where he studies, the American had largely dominated the competition with a superb card of 62 (-9) But the current 59th in the WAGR disqualified himself.

He was watching teammate Adrien Dumont De Chassart in a play-off for the final qualifying spot when another of his teammates made a comment on the airy greens. That's when he realized he wasn't allowed to fix the vent marks.

Tommy Kuhl, statements

"I had a stomach ache," the fifth-year student told mondayq.com. I knew I couldn't sleep if I didn't tell the referees. He admitted to making multiple air mark repairs on the greens during his round, which is against the rules.

Under Rule 13 it is permitted to repair "damage to the putting green", but this does not include "normal practices to maintain the general condition of the putting green (such as air holes and grooves due to vertical mowing).

Some local rules may allow this but not on that day at Illini Country Club. “I had to be better informed, I am responsible, I had to know this rule”, conceded Tommy Kuhl. The Rules of Golf are a set of standard rules and procedures by which the sport of golf should be played.

They are jointly written and maintained by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, the governing body for golf worldwide, outside of the United States and Mexico, which are governed by the United States Golf Association.

An expert commission made up of members of the R&A and USGA, oversees and refines the rules every four years. The latest revision has been in force since January 1, 2016. Changes to the rules of golf generally fall into two main categories: those that improve understanding and those that in certain cases reduce penalties to ensure balance.

The rule book, entitled "Rules of Golf", is published on a regular basis and also includes rules governing amateur status. In Italy it is up to Federgolf to supervise the competitions by enforcing the rules issued by the R & A, checking that these rules are observed by the Clubs, Associations and their members and manages the resulting sporting justice, protecting their interests abroad.

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