Jordan Speith is disqualified from the Genesis Invitational

 February 17, 2024

The Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) has disqualified Jordan Spieth from the Genesis Invitational. 

CBS Sports reports that the PGA did so on Friday, after the second round of the tournament.

The reason the association disqualified Speith, according to the outlet, is that Speith signed and submitted an incorrect scorecard.

This violates a PGA rule that some find controversial. Some argue, for example, that the player, in this day and age, should not have to be responsible for keeping his own scores.

What happened?

The PGA Tour's communications department released a statement on Friday night explaining its decision to disqualify Spieth.

It wrote, "Jordan Spieth has been disqualified from The Genesis Invitational for signing for an incorrect scorecard. Spieth signed for a 3 and made a 4 on No. 4."

CBS Sports further explains, " Spieth signed for a par-3 on the par-3 4th hole when he actually made a bogey-4, according to the PGA Tour."

Spieth did get off to a hot start in this tournament. CBS reports, "The 30-year-old got his Genesis Invitational off to a blistering start alongside 18- and 36-hole leader Patrick Cantlay. Making six birdies across his first 11 holes of the tournament, Spieth was right in the thick of it following his first-round 66."

The second round, however, did not go as well for Spieth. CBS reports that "Spieth stood at 3 under and in a share of 20th before the disqualification."

Spieth's statement on the disqualification

As mentioned at the outset, Spieth's disqualification has caused some controversy with many arguing that the rule ought to be changed.

Spieth, for his part, however, did not criticize the rule. Rather, he accepted responsibility for the error.

Spieth, on social media, wrote:

Today, I signed for an incorrect scorecard and stepped out of the scoring area, after thinking I went through all procedures to make sure it was correct. Rules are rules, and I take full responsibility. I love this tournament and golf course as much as any on @PGATOUR so it hurts to not have a run at the weekend. Really appreciated the support in LA @thegenesisinv. 

CBS reports that Spieth's disqualification "marks his first-weekend omission since the 2023 Scottish Open."

In related news, PGA legend Tiger Woods withdrew from the Genesis Invitation on Friday. The Associated Press reports:

Tiger Woods returned to the PGA Tour and lasted only 24 holes, withdrawing Friday from the Genesis Invitational with flu-like symptoms and dehydration after hitting his tee shot on the seventh hole at Riviera.

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