After a double-bogey finish to the Kingsmill Championship, Minjee Lee left the scorers tent without signing her scorecard.
We occasionally hear of professional golfers signing for an incorrect scorecard but we don’t usually hear of someone not signing the card at all. But unfortunately this is exactly what Australian golfer Minjee Lee did over the weekend.
Mark Hayes at Golf Australia reported that after finishing the final round of the LPGA Kingsmill Championship, world number 19 Lee somehow submitted her card to the official scorers without a signature on it.
Lee had been sitting prominently in the top three for much of the final round, but a couple of late errors were exacerbated by a closing double-bogey as she fell to tied 10th at seven under, 13 shots adrift of runaway winner Lexi Thompson.
But worse was to come for the West Australian who left the official scoring area without having signed her card – a mistake that cost her in the vicinity of $US24,000 – and the Race to the CME Globe points she’d have accumulated.
It’s a hard to believe this could happen given that the need to sign your scorecard is ingrained into every golfer who has ever played in any sort of competition golf. And while the responsibility ultimately lies with the player, it’s surprising it wasn’t picked up by tournament officials in the scorers hut.
This unfortunate result comes on the back of another one of Australia’s promising young golfers also being disqualified for signing an incorrect card.
Western Australian Curtis Luck was DQ’d for signing an incorrect card at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March – his first-ever PGA Tour event.
Lets hope both players are more vigilant from now on so it doesn’t happen when they are signing off for their first major victory in the coming year.