Qualifier Shoots 127: Heartwarming or Embarrassing

By | May 11, 2017

Player cards 127 in U.S. Open qualifier, misses cut by 55 strokes Joel Beall for GolfDigest.com

You may be wondering how this knucklehead found his way into qualifying. After all, the tournament requires a handicap not exceeding 1.4 under the USGA system. However, there is a loophole.

Here’s hoping this story ends up being better than it sounds right now. Is this a feel-good story of a man fighting back to check off a bucket list item? Is he a legitimate player that suffered some sort of injury during play? Was this a brave performance or just some idiot who figured out how to game the system?

There is an unfortunately long history of people playing in these sorts of events as “professionals” just to get on the course. I’m assuming this is just the latest example. He will likely receive a letter from the USGA telling him he will no longer be eligible to participate in USGA events until such time as he proves he can play to an appropriate standard.

What obviously needs to happen next is the USGA puts in some better systems for vetting players prior to their initial participation. Let’s hope they don’t open up the new regulations to a 2-year review process.

Also, I wonder if he received a slow play penalty?