Who won the first-ever Donald Ross Memorial Invitational boys individual title?

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Rymer's victory part of a hot streak

Tommy Rymer is, in the immortal words of broadcaster Dan Patrick, "En fuego."

Rymer has won his last three starts on the West Florida Golf Tour, including the inaugural Tour Championship presented by the Siesta Key Pita Shack at the Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club in east Manatee County.

He went bogey-par-par to win by a shot over three-time PGA Tour winner Robert Gamez, who missed a couple short putts on his final nine in the 27-hole event.

"I knew I was in the lead after the first round, but I didn't know how many strokes I was in the lead by," Rymer said.

Rymer missed out at the PGA Tour Q-School first stage at the Grasslands in Lakeland by one shot, when he three-putted his final hole.

It was his second attempt at Q-School.

He tried his hand for the first time following hip surgery in March 2009.

"I was out for 6 1/2 months," Rymer said. "And the reason I had it in March was so I could go to Q-School (in the fall) for the first time."

But that wasn't the lone injury that Rymer suffered.

Rymer said he threw out his back at second stage at the Hombre Golf Club in Panama City following a 1-under 71 round.

To read more about Rymer, visit "Rymer wins West Florida Golf Tour championship."

Monday, November 29, 2010

Rymer wins WFGT Tour Championship

Tommy Rymer won the inaugural West Florida Golf Tour's Tour Championship presented by the Siesta Key Pita Shack.

He earned $2,500 of the $10,000 purse with the win.

The WFGT's winter season starts Dec. 1.

To read more about how Rymer secured victory, check out The Bradenton Herald's Tuesday edition.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Cheap rates still around at local courses

The unofficial end to the summer golf season is Oct. 31. From November all the way through the end of April, the unofficial winter season wreaks havoc for anyone trying to play in a timely fashion.

However, it's Thanksgiving that marks the end to summer's blissful season that affords inexpensive rates and the feeling you have the entire course to yourself.

Sure, area venues have gotten busier in recent weeks, but snowbirds visit the Sunshine State at a much higher clip than other places right after the Turkey Day holiday.

So with that in mind, here's a couple good places to hit up for some discounted rates:

River Run Golf Links is home to the Bradenton City golf tournament series, which could give the notion that it costs top-dollar to play.

Not so much right now.

Players can navigate the narrow track while paying a summer rate throughout November.

Since it's a city-owned course, players are allowed to walk - and at a $12 morning rate for 18 holes, it's quite the bargain.

This isn't too far away in nearby north Sarasota, but Rolling Green Golf Club hasn't succumbed to the high-season rates just yet.

The course is offering a round for $30 plus tax in the afternoon. It's $10 more in the morning.

But the real deal-maker during the holiday season is the Big Summer Golf Card.

The discount golf card still offers some price slashing to your round of golf at certain participating courses for November and December.

And many courses offer deals through signing up as an online member for daily e-mail specials.

So talk to the PGA club pro the next time you're in the pro shop, and ask if that course offers special rates for joining as an online member.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Turnesa tournament an annual success

Joe Turnesa Jr. was on hand for the annual scholarship awarded in his father's memory Monday night at Sara Bay Country Club.

Four lucky recipients, who head pro Daren King said have to write essays in addition to staying with the Greater Sarasota Junior Golf Association among other things, were awarded scholarships.

To date, 46 scholarships have been awarded to the tune of over $220,000. On Wednesday, Sara Bay membership director Gavin Darbyshire said $37,000 was raised from this year's tournament.

Turnesa Jr. joked how he'd have a different opinion on the golf swing than his famous teaching father, Joe Sr.

"He and I used to argue about the golf swing all the time," Turnesa Jr. laughingly said. "And I used to have people say to me, 'Don't argue with your father, he's a great teacher.' And (I'd say), 'Yeah right.'"

Turnesa Jr. stayed in the golf business, despite not having aspirations to play professional like his father or five of his uncles. There were seven brothers, who played golf, with Turnesa Jr.'s uncle Willie, the only one who didn't turn pro.

Willie Turnesa had an accomplished amateur career highlighted with victories in the 1938 and 1948 U.S. Amateurs and 1947 British Amateur.

Joe Turnesa Sr. played the PGA Tour - one of the first members - and won multiple events during his career that also saw him play all four majors.

He was an honorary member at Sara Bay, often teaching eager students - doing so all the way until passing away at the age of 90 back in 1991.

And the Turnesa name still lives on with the next generation as Marc Turnesa plays on the PGA Tour.

He captured a PGA Tour title in 2008. Marc Turnesa's grandfather, Mike, was a brother of Joe Turnesa Sr.

To read more about the 19th annual Joe Turnesa Memorial Scholarship Tournament, pick up Tuesday's edition of The Bradenton Herald.

Monday, November 22, 2010

PGA Tour Q-School: Inside the numbers

Ty Tryon at PGA Tour Q-School in 2001/provided by McClatchy News-Service

PGA Tour Q-School's second stage wrapped up across six venues Saturday, with seven players, who have a some sort of a connection to Manatee County, advancing to the final stage at Orange County National's Crooked Cat and Panther courses Dec. 1-6.

Today's recap takes a magnifying glass approach to see just how they continued the quest for a PGA Tour card.

There's also a glimpse into how a couple other players' dreams vanished when they flamed out in the final round of their qualifying site.

(Note: all have played at least one West Florida Golf Tour event except Tyler Leon, Ty Tryon, David Lutterus and Jason Kokrak)

Redstone Golf Club in Humble, Texas (19 players and ties advanced; cut: 2-over, 290)

Former Saint Stephen's standout Tyler Leon shot 5-under over his last 54 holes, including birdies on his last two holes, to tie for 11th and secure a final stage berth.

Redstone's 73.19 scoring average plagued most of the field, but Leon grinded through with 13 birdies to offset eight bogeys and two doubles.

TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas (20 players and ties advanced; cut: 6-under, 282)

Two West Florida Golf Tour players advanced from the other Texas venue. Former Lakewood Ranch standout Seath Lauer shot a final-round 71, while former U.S. Open qualifier Travis Hampshire carded a 69 on the last day to advance.

Lauer was buoyed by a strong final nine that included birdies on Nos. 10, 11 and 18.

Hampshire finished off the tournament with his second sub-70 round. All four of his rounds were under par.

Meanwhile, Australian David Lutterus, who is listed from Bradenton, finished in a tie for second.

Lutterus stormed out to the 36-hole lead after posting 68-64. He followed that up with 70-71 to earn entry into the next phase.

Bear Creek Golf Club in Murrieta, Calif. (20 players and ties advanced; 2-over, 290)

The first California venue played the hardest with a 73.95 scoring average.

Yet, Michael Sims and Jason Kokrak made it through.

Sims eked his way in following back-to-back 74s. He grabbed one of the last spots with a birdie on No. 18 on the last day.

Kokrak, who won an eGolf Professional Tour event earlier this year while listed from Bradenton Beach, opened strong with a 67. His worst round came with a 73 in the final round, but the long-hitter had done enough to take a tie for sixth.

Hombre Golf Club in Panama City (19 players and ties advanced; even par, 284)

No area players made it through with Michael Schachner having a decent chance heading into the final round. However, he flamed out with an 81 that took him to a tie for 54th.

Scachner's round got off to a horrendous start. Playing the back nine to begin the last round, Schachner opened with a triple-bogey on No. 10.

He then bogeyed seven more holes, including his last four, to finish the final round without a birdie.

Sarasota's Brian Ward was the closest, jumping up to 4-over par following a final-round 69.

Joey Lamielle, the WFGT's Order of Merit leader, also played his best on the last day.

But his 70 was only good to finish at 7-over par, well behind the last qualifying positions.

The lone par-71 site played over par with a 72.44 scoring average for the tourney.

Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brooksville (19 players and ties advanced; 6-under par, 282)

Ty Tryon was the only player with a connection to the county to advance.

The former wunderkind, who turned pro at the early age of 16 in 2001, has gone through all the heartache since leaving IMG Academies for the professional life.

Tryon has a chance to gain entry on the PGA Tour after four consistent scores (70-69-72-71) in Brooksville.

Tryon bogeyed two of his last four holes, but a par on No. 18 gave him a tie for 13th - the last qualifying spot as seven players tied at 6-under par.

Lakeland's Travis Perkins had a chance to advance, but instead of shooting under par on the last day, he posted a 74.

That put him in a tie for 30th and ended his quest for a PGA Tour card for 2010.

The players getting to the final stage all get at least conditional status on the Nationwide Tour, but the real prize is full-time status as a PGA Tour member - the elite professional golf tour in the world.

Check back here prior to the final stage (Dec. 1-6) for tee times, and catch the action on The Golf Channel beginning with round four coverage.

Friday, November 19, 2010

PGA Tour Q-School's second stage nears end

The second stage of PGA Tour Q-School has ended at one venue, while the five other sites have just 18 holes remaining.

Here's how things shape up for those with a realistic shot of making it (within five shots going into Saturday's final round) and the one area player who has already advanced to the final stage. All players have played West Florida Golf Tour tournaments with the exception of former Saint Stephen's standout Tyler Leon.

Redstone Golf Club in Humble, Texas:

Leon became the first pro to advance when he fired a final-round 69. Only the top 19 and ties progressed, with Leon taking a tie for 11th.

TPC Craig Ranch
in McKinney, Texas:

Former Lakewood Ranch High and Florida State standout Seath Lauer is tied for 15th after slipping back with a third-round 73. Lauer is at 6-under par, with just 20 players and ties making it through.

Australian David Lutterus is still leading the other Texas venue at 14-under par. Lutterus is listed from Bradenton and is nine strokes ahead of the cut line for progression.

Travis Hampshire is at 7-under par to tie for 11th, just two strokes inside the cut.

Chris Damiano needs to make up a little ground following a 71 that puts him at 4-under par and a tie for 23rd.

Bear Creek Golf Club in Murrieta, Calif:

Michael Sims is tied for 26th and at even par heading into his final round. Only the top 20 and ties make the final stage. Sims is one shot behind the cut line.

Hombre Golf Club in Panama City:

Michael Schachner is the lone WFGT player who is within five shots of the last qualifying spots. He's four strokes back after a third-round 68 puts him in tie for 31st.

Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brooksville:

With just 19 places and ties gaining entry to the final stage, Travis Perkins is the lone WFGT player that has a chance to make it through.

Perkins is tied for 12th at 5-under par. He shot a third-round 69, but the margin of error is narrow - because Perkins is right on the current cut line. One mistake could cost the Lakeland resident a trip to the final stage.

Former PGA Tour pros Grant Waite and Robert Gamez both withdrew from the second Florida venue.

All the players are striving to get to the six-round final stage, which is played this year at Orange County National's Crooked Cat and Panther courses near Orlando Dec. 1-6.

From there, the grueling test will determine who earns a PGA Tour card and who has to wait another year.

Check out last year's highlights from the following video:

Tiger Woods changed?

Photo of Woods in 2009 provided by McClatchy News-Service

Tiger Woods says he's a changed person.

He recently went on ESPN's "Mike & Mike in the Morning" and explained how his kids are his top priority.

Woods also added another dimension to how he can get accessed, when he posted his first tweet on the social networking site, Twitter.

At face value, this looks like a calculated effort to steer attention away from the media frenzy that's sure to ask questions about the former No. 1-ranked golfer as the anniversary of his soap-opera scandal looms.

It was last year's Thanksgiving Day holiday that Woods crashed his car and the litany of women came out of the woodwork claiming to have had an affair with El Tigre.

Arguably the biggest sports story in the last 10 years erupted across every conceivable media platform, and every so-called expert has weighed in on the matter.

Woods just capped a 2010 season that yielded zero victories for the first time since turning pro in 1996.

Questions about whether the phenom can surpass Jack Nicklaus' record-setting mark of 18 major championships emerged following the scandal and his lack of form upon returning to the PGA Tour after a self-imposed hiatus.

But perhaps yours truly is wrong, and Woods truly has changed his nature.

Twitter could be a resource for Woods in repairing his damaged image, but only if he allows fans inside his guarded nature.

ESPN's Jason Sobel writes, Woods should use "social media much in the same way players like Stewart Cink and Ian Poulter have embraced the phenomenon. Answer questions from fans -- and not just one-word responses. Post some photographs. Tell a joke. Anything, really, that elicits an emotional response should be seen as a positive at this point."

I couldn't agree more and only time will tell.

But before spinning the clock forward, rewinding to the past shows Woods is an unstoppable force when in peak form:

PGA Tour Q-School shaping up for some

Once again, an update from the PGA Tour's second stage of Q-School at various venues.

All players have played at least one event on the West Florida Golf Tour, with the exception of former Saint Stephen's and Oklahoma State standout Tyler Leon.

Five of the six sites are halfway through the 72 hole tournament. Players advance to the final stage, slated for the first week in December.

Redstone Golf Club in Humble, Texas, 19 qualifying positions and ties:

Leon has the best chance of progressing with a third-round 72 that puts the former Falcons golfer in 22nd place. Josh McCumber (tie for 50th) and Brett Bergeron (tie for 59th) need to go super low with just one round remaining.

TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas, 20 qualifying positions and ties:

Bradenton represents the top of the leaderboard with former Lakewood Ranch standout Seath Lauer in a tie for third. Lauer shot a 67 in the second round, while Australian David Lutterus, who is listed from Bradenton, holds the 36-hole lead following a 64.

Travis Hampshire is tied for sixth after a 67. Chris Damiano is tied for 25th following a 68.

Bear Creek Golf Club in Murrieta, Calif.; 20 qualifying positions and ties:

Michael Sims carded a 2-under par 70 to tie for 18th.

Bayonet Course in Seaside, Calif.; 19 qualifying positions and ties:

Brennan Webb shot 74 and is tied for 47th through 36 holes.

Hombre Golf Club
in Panama City; 19 qualifying positions and ties:

Sarasota's Brian Ward posted a 1-over 72 to tie for 29th. Fellow Sarasotan Joey Lamielle is in a tie for 45th following a 73, while Michael Schachner is tied for 45th after a 72.

Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brooksville; 19 qualifying positions and ties:

Former PGA Tour winner Grant Waite posted another 72 to tie for 47th. Fellow former PGA Tour winner Robert Gamez improved on his opening round 81 with a second-round 70. But he's well back of the pack in 72nd place.

Travis Perkins is in a tie for 27th after a 72. Joe Monte is tied for 66th after his second consecutive 74.

Check back here on Friday for continued updates and tracking of these players in their quest for a PGA Tour card.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

PGA Tour Q-School update

Here's a look at how the West Florida Golf Tour players are faring at the various second stage sites for the PGA Tour's Q-School. There's two Texas, California and Florida sites, with different qualifying berths into the final stage in December dependent on field size:

Redstone Golf Club in Humble, Texas; 19 places and ties advance; through 36 of the 72 holes:

Josh McCumber and Brett Bergeron sit outside the cut line.

So does former Saint Stephen's and Oklahoma State standout Tyler Leon, who carded a 2-under par 70 to get into a tie for 27th after the second round.

Leon doesn't play the WFGT and is faring the best among those at Redstone, as McCumber (74-75) and Bergeron (74-74) are tied for 45th and tied for 39th, respectively.

TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas; 20 places and ties advance; through 18 of 72 holes:

Former Lakewood Ranch High and Florida State standout Seath Lauer fired a 2-under 70 to take a share of 17th place.

Travis Hampshire, the mini-tour pro who played in this year's U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, posted a 71 to tie for 32nd.

Chris Damiano carded a 73 for a tie for 53rd following his opening round.

Bear Creek Golf Club
in Murrieta, Calif.; 20 places and ties advance; through 18 of 72 holes:

Michael Sims shot an even par 72 for a tie for 27th.

Bayonet Course in Seaside, Calif.; 19 places and ties advance; through 18 of 72 holes:

Brennan Webb carded an even par 72 to tie for 34th.

Hombre Golf Club
in Panama City; 19 places and ties advance; through 18 of 72 holes:

Sarasota's Brian Ward posted a 2-over 73 to tie for 31st. Fellow Sarasotan Joey Lamielle is in a tie for 50th following a 75, while Schachner is tied for 59th after a 76.

Southern Hills Plantation Club
in Brooksville; 19 places and ties advance; through 18 of 72 holes:

Former PGA Tour winner Grant Waite is tied for 52nd after a 72. Fellow former PGA Tour winner Robert Gamez is in dead-last after his 81 in the 73-player field.

Travis Perkins shot 70 to put the Lakeland resident into a tie for 29th. Joe Monte is tied for 66th after his 74.

Be sure to check back here throughout the rest of the week for continued updates and tracking of these players in their quest for a PGA Tour card.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

PGA Tour Q-School second stage begins

The West Florida Golf Tour, the lone mini-tour along Florida's Gulf Coast, has multiple players in the PGA Tour's second stage of Q-School.

Chris Damiano, Travis Hampshire and former Lakewood Ranch High standout Seath Lauer are at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas.

Sarasota's Joey Lamielle and Brian Ward, as well as Michael Schachner play their second stage at Hombre Golf Club in Panama City.

Former PGA Tour winners Grant Waite and Robert Gamez, along with Joe Monte and Travis Perkins will duel it out at Southern Hills at Brooksville - the other Florida venue.

Meanwhile, Brennan Webb (Bayonet Course in Seaside, Calif.) and Michael Sims (Bear Creek Golf Club in Murrieta, Calif.) are the lone WFGT members at those sites.

All of those venues run Nov. 17-20.

WFGT players Josh McCumber and Brett Bergeron already are underway in their second stage at Redstone Golf Club in Humble, Texas.

Both players are tied for 30th after opening 74s on the par-72 layout.

Also playing there is former Saint Stephen's and Oklahoma State standout Tyler Leon, who carded a 4-over 76 to tie for 49th after Day One.

Check back here for continued tracking of how these players do in their quest to gain entry on the PGA Tour.

After second stage comes the final hurdle - the grueling final stage in December - before players win a PGA Tour card for the 2011 season.

And if your golf appetite needs appeasing, then visit The Bradenton Herald's Tuesday edition for "Canadian duo wins Pro-Am at Legacy Golf Club" which outlines the inaugural RBC Bank Challenge and it's $10,000 first-place prize.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Aaron Bishop wins first title at River Run

Aaron Bishop got the proverbial monkey off his back with a four shot victory over runner-up Phil Walters, who closed with a 65 to post 138 in the 13th Annual City of Bradenton Men's Amateur.

Lakewood Ranch High junior Connor Baldwin finished third after a final round 69 on the par-70 track.

Bishop's first-ever individual crown is documented in Tuesday'
s Bradenton Herald edition. You can view the story online at"Bishop wins first ever title at River Run"

To check out the full listing of results from the two-day, 36-hole tournament, please visit River Run's website here

Friday, November 12, 2010

Pairings set for Bradenton City Amateur

The pairings for the first round of the 2010 Bradenton City Amateur are set.

The 36-hole tournament begins Saturday and wraps up Sunday.

Brian Schmidt, the defending champion, is not returning to this year's event after turning pro the week following his triumph at the Sarasota City Amateur.

Schmidt said it was a tremendous honor winning both tournaments last year, which helped make his decision to turn pro a bit easier.

To read more about the upcoming tournament visit, "Current champ won't defend title"

And to check out the pairings for the first round, visit River Run Golf Links' site here

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Westwood proves he's not a one-trick pony

Lee Westwood at The Masters, photo provided by McClatchy News Service

Some musings from last week's fight for No. 1:

Lee Westwood proved he wasn't a one-week wonder atop the world rankings.

The Englishman finished just one shot behind winner Francesco Molinari at the World Golf Champions HSBC Champions at Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, China.

Four players had a chance to become No. 1, including Americans Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.

Germany's Martin Kaymer was the other play aside from Westwood, who had a chance at No. 1.

Neither Woods, Mickelson or Kaymer had a legitimate chance heading into Sunday's final round, because Westwood was near the top of the leaderboard.

The Englishman carded a final round 67 to finish the tournament at 18-under par.

Another note, the tournament was a success for Woods in the sense that he finished in a tie for sixth.

However, El Tigre wrapped up his disappointing year without a victory for the first time since he turned pro back in 1996.

He also was crushed in the Thailand Skins Game that Camilo Villegas triumphed in.

Woods won just one skin in the one-day tournament in his mother's home country.

Now he's off to the Australian Masters, site of his last victory - one year ago.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Banner year for Lakewood Ranch boys

Photo provided

The Lakewood Ranch Mustangs golf team had quite the run this year, eventually earning the highest finish in the program's brief history.

Coach Dave Frantz has been there since 1998 and he says this season's squad is the best he's had Ranch.

However, he points to the 1990 Southeast team he guided as an equal adversary to his current lot.

Just like the 2010 Mustangs, those 1990 Noles finished runner-up in the state.

Click the following link to read more about "Mustangs golfers pleased with season"

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Lakewood Ranch boys team comes close

The FHSAA state finals finished Wednesday as Lakewood Ranch's boys team was the lone Manatee County squad that qualified.

Braden River's Kristen Swindell (Class 2A) and Saint Stephen's Yvonne Zheng (Class 1A) earned top-15 finishes in the state championships on the girls side, but no girls team had qualified for the state tourney.

The Mustangs secured runner-up honors following a 294 on the second day, with junior Connor Baldwin carding the team's lowest round of the day with a 71.

Freshman Danny Walker won a state championship after a final round 72, despite the team coming up short in its quest for a title.

To read more about the Mustangs, visit: "Mustangs' Walker claims state title

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Brennan Webb stays hot on the West Florida Golf Tour

Photo of Brennan Webb provided by the West Florida Golf Tour

Former Nationwide Tour player Brennan Webb edged a strong field at the West Florida Golf Tour's event at the TPC at Tampa Bay Wednesday.

Webb carded a 68 for a one-shot victory over a field that featured four former PGA Tour winners.

They were: Grant Waite, Robert Gamez, Eric Axley and Garrett Willis.

Webb's birdie on the last secured the win and a $1,000 check.

His latest victory further cements his spot near the top of the WFGT's Order of Merit standings.

Webb is fresh off advancing to the PGA Tour Q-School's Second Stage.

He joins fellow WFGT particpants Chris Damiano, Joey Lamielle, Josh McCumber, Brian Ward, Joe Monte, Travis Perkins, Michael Sims, Brett Bergeron, Travis Hampshire, Seath Lauer, Michael Schachner and Gamez into the second stage next month.

Waite is also in the second stage as an exempt player from the previous qualifying stages.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Westwood is the new No. 1

Lee Westwood at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational this year, photo provided by McClatchy News Service

Lee Westwood
is the new No. 1 player in the world, and he hasn't won a major yet.

Despite the tag as the "best-player-never-to-win-a-major," Westwood isn't alone in becoming No. 1 without one of the top prizes in golf dotting his resume.

The Englishman is the fourth player - after Ian Woosnam, Fred Couples and David Duval - to become the world's best player without a major championship.

And good news, all three of the previous touring pros would later etch their names into golf history with major victories.

Woosnam and Couples earned green jackets for triumphs at The Masters, while Duval won the Claret Jug en route to the British Open title.

Westwood has sniffed that elusive maiden major several times, including runner-up finishes at the 2010 Masters and British Open.

To read more about Westwood taking over for Tiger Woods as the No. 1-ranked player in the world, click the following link: "Commentary: Tiger's fall appeared unlikely"

Monday, November 1, 2010

Imada shoots 97 after 26-stroke penalty

Photo of Imada at Bay Hill provided by McClatchy News Service

This whole not checking the local rules and costing yourself spiel is becoming old hat real quick.

The latest in the summer of rules infractions among touring pros happened this past weekend.

The Golf Channel has reported that Ryuji Imada was assessed a 26-stroke penalty, because he failed to read the local rules sheet.

The conditions on the Blackstone Course at the Mission Hills Star Trophy in China were soft, so
players were allowed to lift, clean and place their balls.

The Golf Channel report says Imada assumed he was allowed one club length to replace his ball, which is standard on the PGA Tour.

However, the local rule was within one scorecard, which is customary for the European and Asian Tours.

Imada was then hit with 13 two-stroke penalties for breach of the rule, according to The Golf Channel report.

Dustin Johnson had a playoff spot in this year's PGA Championship taken away for grounding his club in a bunker at Whistling Straits.

However, the controversy surrounding the infraction was centered on whether or not it was a bunker since the gallery had trampled down the area all week.

Juli Inkster was called out by a viewer at an LPGA event due to swinging a weighted club - a no-no - while waiting to tee off during a super-long wait, since play was backed up.

Jim Furyk was disqualified from one of the FedEx Cup tournaments, because he overslept his alarm clock and missed the tee time for the pro-am event.

The moral of the story? Read, read and read some more prior to playing any tournament.

Click "Imada penalized 26 strokes" to read the full story.