Hideki Matsuyama disqualified from PGA event for illegal branding on club | PGA Tour

Former champion Hideki Matsuyama was disqualified from the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio midway through his first round on Thursday due to illegal tagging on one of his clubs.

Matsuyama, who earned the first of his eight PGA Tour victories at the 2014 Memorial Tournament, was disqualified from the event hosted by Jack Nicklaus after painted lines were found on the face of his three woods.

It was the first time the former Masters champion had been disqualified from a PGA Tour event.

PGA Tour Senior Tournament Director Steve Rintoul said footage of the club had been posted online and his team only heard about it after Matsuyama used it on the first tee. If he hadn’t used the club, he could have continued playing.

Hideki Matsuyama gets DQ’d for a marking on the face of his fairway wood.

The 📸 🐐 @gdm43pga managed to snap this one of Hideki’s at Muirfield. Gotta assume the white areas, which were likely meant to frame the face and center, caused the DQ. Wild stuff. pic.twitter.com/Ek4Oj1xeH9

— Jonathan Wall (@jonathanrwall) June 2, 2022

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Hideki Matsuyama gets DQ for a marking on the face of his fairway wood.

The 📸 🐐 @gdm43pga managed to break this one from Hideki to Muirfield. I have to assume the white areas, which were probably meant to frame the face and center, caused the DQ. Wild stuff. pic.twitter.com/Ek4Oj1xeH9

— Jonathan Wall (@jonathanrwall) June 2, 2022

Rintoul said his team approached Matsuyama on the second hole to ask if he had used the club and the former Masters champion was candid about it.

“Material was applied to the face for alignment so that Hideki placed the ball inside the circle of lines. It’s actually the center of the face,” Rintoul told reporters.

Linblad shoots lowest ever amateur score at US Women’s Open

Sweden’s Ingrid Lindblad fired the lowest score by an amateur in US Women’s Open history to set the early clubhouse target on day one at Pine Needles. 

Playing alongside her idol Annika Sorenstam, Lindblad carded seven birdies and one bogey in an opening six-under-par 65, eclipsing the previous best of 66 which has been achieved three times, most recently by Gina Kim in 2019.\nThat gave the 22-year-old a two-shot lead over fellow Swede Anna Nordqvist and Australia’s Minjee Lee, with Americans Lexi Thompson and Ally Ewing on three under. 

\”I hit a few shots close to the pin and then my putting was great today,\” Lindblad said. \”Made a few par saves and made a few putts for birdies. It just worked from fairway to green. 

\”I felt like the course would be a little bit more narrow. I missed a few tee shots today that I thought would be a little bit more off, but then I get to the ball and I’m like, oh, it’s fine. 

\”The green areas were tough. You had to hit the right section of the green to not run off the slopes and everything. It’s a great US Open course.\” 

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Linblad shoots lowest ever amateur score at US Women’s Open

Sweden’s Ingrid Lindblad shot the lowest score by an amateur in US Women’s Open history to set the clubhouse goal on day one at Pine Needles.

Alongside his idol Annika Sorenstam, Lindblad had seven birdies and a bogey in a six-under par 65 opening, eclipsing the previous best-of-66 which was achieved three times, most recently by Gina Kim in 2019. It gave the 22-year-old a two shots ahead of fellow Swede Anna Nordqvist and Australian Minjee Lee, with Americans Lexi Thompson and Ally Ewing three under.

“I hit a few shots close to the pin, then my putt was great today,” Lindblad said. “I made a few par saves and a few putts for birdies. It worked fairway to green.

“I felt like the course would be a little tighter. I missed a few tee shots today that I thought were a little bit more off, but then I get to the ball and I’m like, oh, It’s okay.

“The greens were tough. You had to hit the right section of the green so you didn’t get off the tracks and everything. It’s a great US Open course.”

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“And applying a little discrete dot with a Sharpie to help you with alignment is great. We have players who do that all the time. But the amount of stuff that was on the face of the club, when we got it sent to the USGA, their equipment standards guys, it was just over the top.

“And that’s what could affect – could affect – the performance of the ball.”

Matsuyama, playing in a group alongside Rory McIlroy and Patrick Reed, was three on the par-39 when he reached the bend at Muirfield Village after a double bogey on the second hole and a bogey on the sixth.

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