Janzen Booted Over Spiked Shoes
Two-time US Open champion Lee Janzen has become the latest victim to fall foul of tournament rules for wearing the wrong type of golf shoe at the US Open qualifiers at Woodmont Country Club in Maryland.
The winner in 1993, and again five years later was unceremoniously booted out of this year's event after being disqualified for wearing steel spikes.
This violated a club rule which meant he was unable to play the second round of the 36-hole qualifying event at the Rockville course.
Janzen had fired a 75 in his opening round and would have had to shoot a 61 on his second circuit anyway to force his way into a sudden-death play-off.
Of the decision Jensen said, “I have never not worn metal spikes, I’ve played in US Open qualifiers every year since 2009 in Memphis and Columbus and always wore metal.
"It never entered my mind. Considering I’ve played professional tournaments every week for 24 years now, I had no reason to look at the rules sheet to see if I was conforming.”
Janzen had failed to read the rules email that was sent out to the ‘Longest Day’ qualification competitors across the US, and as such had failed to clock on to the omission of metal spiked shoes from the list of permitted equipment for the event.
He later tweeted the following: “”Yes. DQ for metal spikes at qualifier at woodmont. Rule was in e-mail. More concerned about my game. 75 1st round put me way back anyway.”
It’s the latest high profile rules snafu this year following 14-year-old Guan Tianlang’s one-shot penalty for slow-play at the Masters, and Tiger Woods’ illegal drop on the 15th holes at the Augusta National. If you add the ratification of changes to the belly putter rule by golf’s major bodies it’s been a good year for disciplinarians.