Pro breaks the green play rule again, and again it’s started from the event

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Alex Cejka on Saturday after a missed putt on the 9th green during the third round of the Tradition des Régions.

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Three years ago, Alex Cejka’s green book was too big. Saturday was not OK.

Both times, the blunders were expensive.

The latest misstep was revealed after Saturday’s third round of the Regions lore, the PGA Tour Champions Tour’s first major tournament, when the Tour said Cejka had been disqualified for using “a distance book that doesn’t had not been approved for competition by the PGA Tour champions. Rules Committee. Cejka, the event’s defending champion, had shot rounds 69, 74 and 76, was tied for 12th and 10 shots behind leader Steve Stricker.

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The disqualification occurred following a violation of Sample Local Rule G-11, which entered into force at the beginning of the year. It states: “During a round, the player may only use the yardage book(s) approved by the Committee. This restriction also applies to all other maps of the course, including hole locator sheets. Additional restrictions apply to handwritten notes and any other material used by the player that may aid in reading the line of play on the putting green.

Cejka has not commented yet. In a memo to players in early November, the PGA Tour said it supported the creation of its own “committee-approved” yardage books, which the memo said would include traditional green information, but would not allow the information. rough on slopes and slopes which many argued it served to undermine the skill of green reading.

“The purpose of this Local Rule is to return to a position where players and caddies use only their skill, judgment and feeling, together with any information gained through experience, preparation and practice. to read the line of play on the putting green,” the read memo said, according to a story on the Tour website.

This wasn’t the first time Cejka had come up against the rules of the Green Books.

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During the first round of the 2019 Honda Classic, Cejka was disqualified after 14 holes for using a book deemed too large. The size limit came into effect early that year, and the rule states: “Any picture of a putting green must be limited to a scale of 3/8 inch at 5 yards (1:480) or less (the “Scale Limit”); any book or other paper containing a map or picture of a putting green must not exceed 4 ¼ inches x 7 inches (the “size limit”), although a “hole locator sheet” which displays 9 holes or more on a single sheet of paper can be larger, provided any image of a single putting green meets the scale limit.

According to a Golf Digest story at the timeCejka’s playing partner Cameron Tringale noticed Cejka was using an old book when he walked past Cejka on the 10th green studying the book as he lined up for a putt.

“He knew he was using an old book,” PGA Tour rules manager Robby Ware told Golf Digest. “He told me that. I don’t know if he fully understood what the limits of the scale are.

Notably, Cejka was also the second player to be disqualified from the regions lore. John Daly did not sign his scorecard after Friday’s second round and he was not allowed to continue.

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Nick Piastowski

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Nick Piastowski is an editor at Golf.com and Golf Magazine. In his role, he is responsible for editing, writing and developing stories in the golf space. And when he’s not writing about ways to hit the golf ball farther and straighter, the Milwaukee native is probably playing the game, hitting the ball left, right and short, and drinking a cold beer to clear his score. You can contact him about any of these topics – his stories, his game or his beers – at [email protected]

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