Former Clemson golfer disqualified from PGA Championship


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Former Clemson golfer Michael Hoey made the cut at the 2012 PGA on Friday after firing a two-under par score of 70 at The Ocean Course on Kiawah Island. It is the first PGA Tour Major to be played in the state of South Carolina.

Hoey, who played at Clemson from 1998-2000, had three birdies and one bogey in shooting one of just five under-par rounds for the day out of the 156 players. The other players to have under par scores were Vijay Singh, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Ian Poulter.

However, on Saturday it was announced that he would be disqualified from the PGA.

During the second round of the 94th PGA Championship, Michael Hoey, from Northern Ireland, embedded his ball deeply in a sandy area on Hole No. 9. In an effort to identify the ball as his, he brushed away sand, as allowed under Rule 12-1a. However, Hoey failed to re-create his lie by replacing the sand on his ball, as required in the procedure of this Rule, thus incurring a two-stroke penalty for breach of Rule 12-1.

Unfortunately, Hoey failed to include this two-stroke penalty in his score for the ninth hole, signed and returned the incorrect score card, for which the penalty is disqualification.

This ruling would be the same for a ball lying anywhere on the course covered by sand; including a sand dune, a sandy beach in a water hazard or a bunker.

Michael Hoey brought this to the attention of the PGA of America Rules Committee after the completion of play Friday evening.

The three other former Clemson golfers in the PGA failed to make the cut. Jonathan Byrd had rounds of 73-79 for a 152 total and missed the cut by two shots. Lucas Glover had a 155 total for 36 holes and Kyle Stanley had a 158.

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