SCORECARDS

What makes Tournament Scorecards so desirable?

First, the scorecards were not printed, filled out or

 signed with the intent of being a collectible.

 Scorecards are the daily work record of the golfer.

 Without them the golfer would be unable to post

 their official tournament scores. These documents

 detail a storyline in the career of the player. What

 other sport or occupation requires its professionals

 to document the course of their actions

 throughout a live performance and to attest to

 that record with their signature and the signature

 of a witnessing peer?

In addition to the signatures and the hand filled

 scoring, most Tournament Scorecards will note the

 Contestant, the Round, the Starting Time, the

 Starting Tee and the Scheduled Date of

 Competition. Some also have Tournament,

 Sponsor and Course Logos. All are printed

 specifically for that event and all are signed by

 the Player and Marker. Taking into consideration

 that all of golf's major bodies now retain the

 scorecards and that prior to the practice of

 retention that many scorecards got discarded, the

 number of scorecards in the public domain is very

 limited. Even the amount of scorecards retained

 by golf's major bodies is quite finite. Regarding an

 individual player, assuming that the player's career

 spans 20 years, that the player averages 20 events

 per year and the the cut is made in 3/4 of those

 events - the total number of Tournament

 Scorecards generated will be 1,400 for the entire

 career. Each one of those scorecards will be a

 completely unique and revealing record. Again,

 note that many of those scorecards will never

 enter the public domain. All of the above

 combine to make Tournament Scorecards an

 uncommon and highly prized item of

 memorabilia.

The links on the right let you see the ones I have in

 my own personal collection.

 Major Championship cards are marked green and

 Major Winners are marked in orange.

See below for some of the more interesting cards

 in my collection.




The following Rules refer to the official recording of scores during

 Tournament play.


6-6. Scoring in Stroke Play

a. Recording Scores

After each hole the marker should check the score with the competitor

 and record it. On completion of the round the marker must sign the score

 card and hand it to the competitor. If more than one marker records the

 scores, each must sign for the part for which he is responsible.

b. Signing and Returning Card

After completion of the round, the competitor should check his score for

 each hole and settle any doubtful points with the Committee. He must

 ensure that the marker or markers have signed the score card, sign the

 score card himself and return it to the Committee as soon as possible.

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF RULE 6-6b:

Disqualification.

c. Alteration of Card

No alteration may be made on a score card after the competitor has

 returned it to the Committee.

d. Wrong Score for Hole

The competitor is responsible for the correctness of the score recorded for

 each hole on his score card. If he returns a score for any hole lower than

 actually taken, he is disqualified. If he returns a score for any hole higher

 than actually taken, the score as returned stands.

 


Famous Scorecard Errors and Disqualifications

As long as golf has been played, players have been disqualified from

 tournaments for Rules infractions. It's hard to pinpoint the first time this

 ultimate penalty was used, but many feel the first occasion was in the 1876

 British Open at St. Andrews. Bob Martin and Davie Strath were tied for the

 lead at the end of regulation play, and thus a playoff would be needed to

 settle the matter. However, during the course of regulation play, Strath was

 accused of a Rules infraction when he drove into a group in front of him, a

 breach of the Rule providing that no one shall play to a green with players

 on it. After nothing was resolved, it was announced that the playoff would

 be played under protest. Strath refused to compete in the playoff because

 no decision had been made on his alleged infringement of the Rule, thus

 disqualifying himself from winning the championship.

Since then, hundreds of golfers have been disqualified. What follows is a

 brief summary of some of the most famous ones.


Jackie Pung - 1957 U.S. Women's Open


When Jackie Pung walked off the 18th green at Winged Foot with a 72-hole

 score of 298, it looked like she was the winner. It was later discovered that

 the scorecard that she signed had a 5 for the fourth hole instead of the 6

 that she made. Even though the 18-hole total on the card was correct,

 Pung had signed a wrong card so tournament officials had no choice but

 to disqualify her. The first-place check that Pung didn't receive was for

 $1,800. Winged Foot club members raised $3,000 to help console her for

 the loss, but it couldn't change the fact her name is in the record books as

 a DQ instead of a win.


Doug Sanders - 1966 Pensacola Open


After shooting a second-round 67 to go along with his opening round 63,

 Doug Sanders had a four-shot lead. But instead of signing his scorecard,

Sanders signed dozens of autographs and forgot to sign his second-round

 card. While he was in the press room talking about his round he was told

 that he was disqualified for not signing the card. Back then first place paid

 $10,000. Sanders estimated the disqualification cost him $25,000 in

 endorsements with companies that paid bonuses for tournament victories.


Roberto De Vincenzo – 1968 Masters


 Reigning British Open champion Roberto De Vicenzo finishes tied with Bob

 Goalby at 11 under at the 1968 masters. However, he had to adjust his

 score when officials learn that De Vicenzo's playing partner, Tommy Aaron,

 mistakenly wrote down a par-4 on No,17 instead of the Argentine's correct

 score - a birdie 3. Since he'd signed his scorecard, De Vicenzo had to settle

 for the higher score and finished a shot behind Goalby. De Vicenzo

 blamed himself, not Aaron, for the mistake. "What a stupid I am," he said.


Craig Stadler - 1987 Andy Williams Open


After finishing the tournament at 270, Craig Stadler went to the scorer's tent

 feeling that he'd just finished in second place. Instead, he was informed

 that he was disqualified for a Rules infraction the previous day. On the 14th

 hole in the third round, Stadler's ball landed beneath a pine tree in a

 muddy lie. He needed to play the shot from a kneeling position and since

 he was wearing light-colored trousers he placed a towel on the wet

 ground and kneeled on it while making the shot. At the time nobody

 caught the mistake, but the next day while showing highlights of the

 previous day's play Rules zealots spotted the error and relayed it to PGA

 Tour officials. What Stadler had done was violate Rule 13-3, illegally building

 a stance, and since he didn't add two strokes to his third-round score, he

 was disqualified for turning in an incorrect scorecard. The disqualification

 cost Stadler $37,333, which would have been his share of second place.


Greg Norman - 1990 Palm Meadows Cup


Going into the third round, it was appeared that a classic battle was about

 to unfold, as Greg Norman had a one-shot lead over Curtis Strange.

 However, on the driving range he found out that on the first day he had

 taken an illegal drop from a water hazard. When told of the problem

 Norman disqualified himself, thus losing a chance at the first-place check

of $160,000.


Paul Azinger - 1991 Doral Ryder Open


When Paul Azinger finished his second round, shooting a 65 to get within a

 shot of the lead, he wasn't ushered off to the press room to recap his round

 but was met by PGA Tour rules official Mike Shea, who took him to a CBS

 television truck. A television viewer from Colorado watching the first-round

 coverage of the tournament saw a Rules infraction during Azinger's round

 and called up PGA Tour officials, who viewed the tape and agreed with

 him. What happened was Azinger drove into the edge of the lake on the

 18th hole at Doral. The ball was slightly submerged so Azinger decided to

 go into the hazard and pitch it back in the fairway. While taking his stance

 in the water, Azinger twice pawed the ground with his left foot, thus kicking

 a small rock out of the way. What the Colorado viewer informed the tour

 on was that Azinger broke Rule 13-4, which prohibits a player from moving

 loose impediments in a hazard. When Azinger viewed the tape he agreed

 that he had broken the rule, and since his first-round scorecard was alread

y signed it meant that he was disqualified, even though he was only a

 stroke out of the lead.


 Nick Faldo, Nick Price - 1992 Million Dollar Challenge


Two big disqualifications changed the total scope of the tournament, which

 is famous for awarding a million dollars to the winner. The first came in the

 third round when Nick Faldo was disqualified for signing an incorrect

 scorecard. At the time, he was six back of the third-round leader and was

 awarded last-place money of $105,000, a lot less than if he could have

 earned with a solid final round. The other disqualification happened to Nick

 Price, who was tied for the lead with David Frost. During the round, Price hit

 a drive into the fairway and his caddie moved an advertising board which

 was 25 yards ahead of Price's ball. The sign was classified as an immovable

 obstruction, so Price should have gotten a free drop. He didn't know that,

 and after his round when his scorecard was already signed, Price learned

 that he should have dropped instead of taking the sign down. That meant

 that Price had signed an incorrect scorecard. Even though local officials

 told Price that he could change the card, Price rejected the offer and left

 the scoring table, thus disqualifying himself from the tournament. Instead of

 a chance at either the $1 million winner's check or the runner-up check of

 $300,000, Price got $105,000.


Kim Young - 1993 Shell Houston Open


For Kim Young, a qualifying tournament graduate who had won just $2,343

 in his first seven events, his first-round 68 turned into a nightmare. After a rain

 delay, Young had to finish his round on Friday morning. After he finished he

 only had 30 minutes before he had to tee off for his second round. In his

 excitement, he never signed his first-round scorecard. PGA Tour officials

didn't notice the error until Young played a hole in the second round. They

 informed him on the second tee that he was disqualified.


Isao Aoki - 1994 Doug Sanders Celebrity Classic


A leader of a tournament was disqualified for a Rules violation for the first

 time in Senior PGA Tour history when Isao Aoki ran afoul of Decision 13-4/11

 (smoothing footprints made in search for a ball in a bunker before playing

 the stroke from a bunker). In the second round, Aoki hit a shot on the ninth

 hole that plugged in a fairway bunker. After finding the ball he declared it

 unplayable and picked it up. Then he and his caddie raked the bunker

 before dropping the ball. According to the Rules, he had improved his lie

and should have incurred a two-shot penalty in addition to one stroke for

 taking the unplayable lie. Aoki was unaware of the infraction and signed

 for a 68 and was the second-round leader by one. The next day tour

 officials were informed of the Rules violation, and when a videotape was

 found that showed Aoki and his caddie raking the bunker it was

 determined that Aoki did violate the Rule. Since he signed an incorrect

 scorecard, he was disqualified. Aoki was told the bad news while he

 played the second hole of the third round.


Nick Faldo - 1994 Alfred Dunhill Masters


Nick Faldo was leading by six with just seven holes left to play when it was

 reported that in the third round he removed a piece of coral from behind

 his ball in a bunker. On the European Tour this was allowed. However, this

 tournament, played in Bali, Indonesia, was governed by the Australasian

 Tour, and so his action was an infraction. Since Faldo had signed an

 incorrect scorecard following the third round, he was disqualified from the

 tournament, losing the first-place check of just over $100,000.


Bob Murphy - 1995 Burnet Senior Classic


After back-to-back rounds of 69, Bob Murphy was only five shots off the

 pace going into the final round, but he didn't have a chance because of

 a Rules infraction that happened in the first round. After the first of two

 weather suspensions, Murphy returned to the 12th hole to await the

 resumption of play. While he was waiting for the round to continue he

nonchalantly dropped a ball in the fairway and hit a few shots with his

 putter. Mike Joyce noticed Murphy's actions and nonchalantly asked a

 Rules official if this was legal. Even with the answer that it wasn't and that

 Murphy should have been accessed a penalty, Joyce never told anyone

 until Sunday morning when he told Murphy about it. Murphy then reported

 it to tournament officials, and since he had signed his card he was guilty of

 turning in an incorrect scorecard and was disqualified. Had Murphy shot 69

 in the final round instead of being disqualified, he would have tied for fifth

 placed and won $40,000.


Jeff Sluman - 1996 Bay Hill Invitational


After the second round Jeff Sluman was only two back of the leaders, but

 he became concerned the night after the round when he thought he

 may have taken an incorrect drop after hitting into a water hazard. The

 next morning Sluman returned to the scene and confirmed that the drop

 area which he used was closer to the hole and that his drop was incorrect.

 He then disqualified himself from the tournament.


P H Horgan III - 1996 Nike Shreveport Open


While P.H. Horgan III was waiting for the final group to finish before the start

 of the playoff between himself and Tim Loustalot, he was talking with a

 Nike Tour tournament director and related an incident that happened

 during the third round. It seemed that Horgan accidentally moved his ball

 marker by dropping his ball on it. In talking with his playing partner they

 agreed there was no infraction and proceeded to play. However, it was a

 violation of Rule 20-1/5.5 and Horgan should have assessed himself a one-

stroke penalty. Since he signed an incorrect scorecard he was disqualified

 from the tournament, and Loustalot won without having to have a playoff.


Meg Mallon - 1996 Jamie Farr Kroger Classic


Meg Mallon took the first-round lead with a 6-under-par 65, but then the

 next day was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard. She had

 stroked a putt that ended next to the hole, and slowly moved for another

 18 to 20 seconds until it fell in. At the time, she thought she made a birdie

 and signed her card for the birdie. But later on LPGA officials caught wind

 that it could have been a Rules infraction. After investigating the situation,

 the officials found out that Mallon did violate a Rule by waiting to long for

 the putt to drop and had no choice but to disqualify her because she

 signed an incorrect scorecard.


Davis Love III - 1997 Players Championship


In the final round on the 17th hole, Davis Love III accidentally hit his ball on

 the putting green with a practice stroke. He did not replace the ball, two-

putted from there, and scored himself as having made a bogey 4.

 However, he should have replaced his ball to the original spot before

 continuing to putt. Not doing so is a one-stroke penalty, and thus his score

 for the hole was actually a double-bogey 5. Officials found out about the

 mistake, but unfortunately for Love it was after he signed his scorecard. So

 instead of finishing T7th, he was disqualified for signing an incorrect

 scorecard. The mistake cost Love $105,000 as well as valuable Ryder Cup

 qualifying points. However, he did go on to make the 1997 U.S. Ryder Cup

 team.


Lee Janzen - 1998 NEC World Series of Golf


In the first round, Lee Janzen was another in violation of Rule 16-2, waiting

 too long for his putt to drop in the hole. On the 17th hole his birdie putt

 hung on the lip. Janzen walked up to the hole, then past it, bent down to

 survey the ball, and stared at it. He looked at his fellow competitor Vijay

 Singh, who also walked up and bent down to see the ball creeping toward

 the hole. About 20 seconds after Janzen arrived at the ball, he went to tap

 the ball in but it dropped into the hole. After the round he signed for a

 birdie 3 instead of a par 4. When the incident was later shown on television,

 viewers contacted PGA Tour officials, who in screening the tape realized

 that Janzen violated the Rules and disqualified him. At the time, it wasn’t a

 big deal, but at the end of the year the disqualification did cost him a spot

 on the Presidents Cup team. He luckily got to play on the squad only

 because Hal Sutton's father-in-law died, forcing Sutton to withdraw and

 give his spot to Janzen.


 Jaxon Brigman – 1999 PGA Qualifying School


 Aspiring PGA Tour pro Jaxon Brigham pieces together a final round 65 at

 the 1999 Qualifying School Tournament, but inadvertently signs his

 scorecard which adds up to 66. The extra shot cost him his PGA Tour card.


Padraig Harrington – 2000 Benson and Hedges International Open


Overnight leader Padraig Harrington was dramatically disqualified from the

 Benson and Hedges International Open before his final round at the Belfry

 on Sunday for forgetting to sign his scorecard on Thursday. The news was

 announced half an hour before Harrington was due to tee off. The Irishman

 had been five strokes clear of Jose Maria Olazabal and Welshman Phil

 Price.

On Saturday, Harrington had shot a course record 64 which included eight

 birdies, and going into Sunday was in line for the biggest win of his career.

The European Tour's senior referee Andy McFee explained: "The Belfry Hotel

 spoke to us this morning and asked if we could get the cards of all

 potential winners so they could frame them. In the process our staff

 noticed that while his first-round card had two signatures on it, neither was

 Padraig's. Nowhere is there an attestation from the player that the round is

 accurate and that is a breach of the rules. The penalty is disqualification."

McFee spoke to Harrington as he was warming up on the driving range and

 took him alongside to give them the devastating news.

"We all know he is an extremely level-headed person and he knew there

 was nowhere else to go. I suspect he is desperately disappointed - we all

 are. I asked him to show me his signature and he couldn't. For some reason

 Michael Campbell had signed all three cards for the group and it was his

 signature where Harrington's was supposed to be. This goes to the very core

 of the game. Golf is not played in the constant gaze of a referee and

 because of that it is very easy to do things that aren't correct. You have to

 hold up your card to the rest of the world. It's a core principal."


Harrington’s scorecard signed by Jamie Spence and Michael Campbell


Mark Roe and Jesper Parnevik- 2003 British Open


What should have been one of the best day's of the journeyman pro's

 career wound up being his worst. Roe fired a third-round 67 at Royal St.

 George's that left him three shots off the lead, but he and playing-partner

 Jesper Parnevik were both disqualified after the round for failing to

 exchange scorecards before teeing off. The result was that they both

 signed for the wrong score, hence their dismissal from the tournament. The

 R & A has since changed the rule, but it didn't change the result for Roe,

 who never contended at another major championship.


Michelle Wie – 2005 LPGA Samsung World Championship


In her much-anticipated professional debut, teenage phenom Michelle Wie

 takes a penalty drop for an unplayable lie during the third round of the

 2005 LPGA Samsung World Championship. A reporter for Sports Illustrated

 watches the incident and concludes Wie dropped closer to the hole than

 where the ball originally lay, a violation of the rules. The reporter doesn't

 inform officials of the incident until the next day. Wie is disqualified for

 signing an incorrect scorecard.


Yang Yong-eun - 2007 HSBC Champions


South Korean defending champion Yang Yong-eun was disqualified from

 the $5 million HSBC Champions on Sunday for signing for the wrong score

 after his third round.

The 35-year-old shared fifth place with four other players on seven under

 par going into the final day of Asia's richest tournament after rounds of 71,

 68 and 70.

However, according to a statement released by the organisers, his

 scorecard for Saturday's round gave him a par four for the 12th hole when

 in fact he had made a bogey five.

His error at the 12th was balanced out by another mistake on the card,

 when he awarded himself a par three at the 17th rather than the birdie

 two he had scored.

The first error, which was spotted by a spectator who alerted the organisers,

 required his disqualification from the event under the rules of golf.

"I'm shocked, it's unbelievable," said Yang. "At the end of the day though, it's

 my fault for not checking the scores. I checked the total scores at the end

 of the back nine and I assumed that everything was all right. I'm very

 disappointed as this is my last tournament for this year and I will also be

 heading to the U.S. PGA qualifying school so I wanted a good finish here."


Steve Flesch – 2009 The Barclays Golf Tournament


Steve Flesch was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard after

 Friday’s second-round play of The Barclays golf tournament at Liberty

 National Golf Course in Jersey City, NJ. Flesch signed for a birdie at the

 sixth hole when he actually made par.


Raymond Russell – 2010 South African Open


David Drysdale and Raymond Russell had contrasting fortunes as the first

 round of the  was completed yesterday following the weather delay in

 Durban on Thursday.

While Drysdale tucked himself in just behind the leaders with a five-under-

par 67, Russell was disqualified over an error on his scorecard .Playing in his

 first full European Tour event in more than four years, the former Cannes

 Open champion shot a 71 only to be eliminated from the event after it

 was discovered that he had signed for 4's at the 13th and 14th when, in

 fact, he had taken a 3 and a 5 at those holes.

It was a devastating blow for Russell, who earned his place back on the

 main circuit after a good season on the Challenge Tour and had

 headed to South Africa straight from playing in the final stage of the

 Qualifying School in Spain


Padraig Harrington – 2011 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


Ireland's Padraig Harrington has been disqualified from the Abu Dhabi

 HSBC Championship after signing for a wrong score in his first-round 65.

Harrington's hand brushed the back of his ball on hole seven as he

 replaced it in front of his marker.

The ball rocked forward and television slow-motion replays showed that it

 did not return to its original position.

"I looked down and was pretty sure it had just oscillated and had not

 moved, so I continued on," said Harrington.

"In slow motion it's pretty clear the ball has moved three dimples forward

 and it's come back maybe a dimple and a half. At the end of the day

 that's good enough, but I wouldn't have done anything differently -

 there was nothing I could do about it at that moment in time. If I'd called

 a referee over it would have been pointless because if he'd asked me

 where my ball was I'd have said it was there. As far as I was concerned it

 didn't move."

A television viewer phoned in to bring the incident to the attention of the

 European Tour after the Dubliner had signed his scorecard, resulting in the

 disqualification.

Tour senior referee Andy McFee, said: "I got an email from the Tour

 feedback site just before six o'clock [on Thursday]. I managed to get a

 look and knew immediately we had an issue. I got all members of the

 rules committee to look at the tape. Because everything was closing

 down I decided to sleep on it and speak to Padraig first thing this morning

 [Friday]. It's a minute movement, but it's a movement and he never

 replaced it, so he should have included a two-stroke penalty. The fact

 that he is unaware he moved the ball unfortunately does not help him.

 Because he signed for a score lower than actually taken the penalty is

 disqualification."


Camilo Villegas – 2011 The Tournament of Champions


Video of Camilo Villegas disqualification


At The Tournament of Champions Camilo Villegas was disqualified for a

 rules violation when a television viewer called in after the opening round

 at Kapalua.

Villegas was chipping up the slope to the 15th green when the ball twice

 rolled back toward him. The second time, Villegas walked over and

 casually swatted away some loose pieces of grass in front of the divot as

 the ball was still moving down the slope.

That is a violation of Rule 23-1 that says, "When a ball is in motion, a loose

 impediment that might influence the movement of the ball must not be

 removed." The penalty is two shots. Villegas opened with a 72, and he

 was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard.

Villegas handled it with a little humour and a lot of perspective.

"If somebody called something in, I probably did something wrong," he

 said with a shrug.



How common are mistakes?


To appreciate how easy, and indeed how often mistakes are made by

 professional golfers, I have carefully studied the scorecards from the

 1993 Nike Ozarks Open (see link above right). I have 392 scorecards from

 this event, with only the four of the winner, Tommy Tolles, and two or

 three others missing.

The results are stunning! All the errors have been corrected prior to the

 player signing the card so the cards are all legitimate.


There is a total of 103 individual scoring errors on 79 of the 392 cards!



Some of the more interesting scorecards in my collection


Autographed Exhibition Scorecard - 1943


Although not an official tournament used scorecard ,the following card

 was Issued to spectators for an Exhibition Match at the Redhill & Reigate

 Golf Club on 30 May 1943

What makes this scorecard so special is the signatures. The first one is Bryan

 Michie, who was a famous Radio personality who acted as compere for

the event. Then the four golfers who took part in the Exhibition Match,

 Gregor McIntosh, Richard Burton (1939 Open Champion) who

 replaced Abe Mitchell, Sam King and Alf Padgham (1936 Open

 Champion).

The last signature is that of James Braid (1901, 1905, 1906, 1908 and 1910

 Open Champion)

Braid, who was by then 73 years old, acted as Official referee and during

 the match suggested changes to the layout of the course which were

 duly acted upon!


A Major scorecard marked by one of the Greats!


This is Ted Kroll’s 1st Round scorecard from the 1960 US PGA Championship

The marker was Ben Hogan


Another Major scorecard marked by one of the Greats!


This is Mike Souchak’s 1st Round scorecard from the 1960 US PGA

 Championship

The marker was Sam Snead


Winning Scorecards


It is incredibly difficult to obtain the actual scorecards belonging to the

 winner of any event. Normally these are retained by the Tour, the Host

 Club or given to the player themselves


Sam Torrance wins PGA Championship of Australia 1980


This is the third round scorecard of Sam Torrance when he won the 1980

The Mayne Nickless PGA Championship of Australia. Marker unknown.


Bernhard Langer wins Bob Hope British Classic 1981


These are two of the four scorecards of Bernhard Langer when he won the

 1981 British Bob Hope Classic. They are marked and signed by Clive Clark

 and Peter Oosterhuis respectively


Blaine McCallister wins Hardee’s Golf Classic 1988


These are four scorecards of Blaine McCallister when he won the 1988

 Hardee’s Golf Classic. They are marked and signed by Mike Hulbert, Russ

 Cochran and Dan Forsman


Open Scorecard


In all my years of collecting, other than ones on display in The British Golf

 Museum in St Andrews, this is the only other Open scorecard I have seen

This is the 3rd Round scorecard of Maurice Bembridge, from the 1971 Open

 Championship  played at Royal Birkdale. It is marked and signed by

Donald Swaelens


Ace cards!


‘Holes-in-one’ are incredibly rare, as are the cards on which they are

 recorded. The following scorecards all show recorded ‘holes in one’ during

 Official PGA Tournaments

Jerry Haas scores a hole-in-one at the 4th hole during the 2nd Round 1993

 Nike Ozarks Open Card marked and signed by Omar Uresti

Dick Hendrickson scores a hole-in-one at the 6th hole during the 2nd Round

 1994 Southwestern Bell Classic Card marked and signed by Bob Panasik

Phil Tataurangi scores a hole-in-one at the 9th hole during the 3rd Round

 1994 Texas Open Card marked and signed by Billy Mayfair


Disqualified!


On the same day Phil Tataurangi had a hole-in-one at the Texas Open (see

 above) J L Lewis had a day to forget

His 3rd round scorecard card was being marked by playing partner Chris Di

 Marco, who inscribed a 3 for the 9th hole. J L Lewis signed the card before

 it was found he had taken a 4. Because the card had been signed Lewis

 was disqualified


Jack Nicklaus suffers Major withdrawal


This is the official scorecard of Jack Nicklaus ,from the 2nd round

 of the 2001 Ford Senior Players Championship

I received it from Harry Brown, who was caddying for Bob Gilder that day

 Here is Harry’s own personal story about the scorecard:


‘This scorecard is genuine and very unusual. How many times

 has Jack Nicklaus withdrawn while on the golf course during a

 PGA Tour event? During the 2001 Ford Seniors Tournament

 Player's Championship, one of the 4 majors on the Senior PGA

 Tour, Jack Nicklaus was having problems with his new hip and

 had back problems as well. His score wasn't very good either.

 So he withdrew after 9 holes of the 2nd round. This was a

 threesome. Bob Gilder was keeping Jack's card and I was

 caddying for Gilder. When Jack withdrew, what happens is the

 3rd player (Stuart Ginn as I remember), who was keeping

 Gilder's card, continues to keep Gilder's card, and Jack hands

 the 3rd player's card to Gilder. Jack's card was now irrelevant,

 and nobody asked me for it. Bob Gilder always attests the card

 he keeps early in the round, so the card has his signature along

 with the printed label identifying it as Jack Nicklaus 2nd round

 scorecard. Gilder has entered the scores for the 1st 7 holes. As I

 remember Nicklaus made a bogey 4 on #8 that day and a par

 4 on #9, but Gilder did not yet enter those scores before Jack

 withdrew, so there is no entry for those holes.’


Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player

and Tom Watson Scorecards


Jack Nicklaus


Jack Nicklaus’s 3rd Round scorecard from the 1994 Northville Long Island

 Classic. Marked and signed by John Paul Cain

John Mahaffey’s 2nd Round scorecard from the 1992 US PGA

 Championship. Marked and signed by Jack Nicklaus

Hal Sutton’s 2nd Round scorecard from the 1994 US PGA Championship

Marked and signed by Jack Nicklaus


Arnold Palmer


Tommy Aaron’s 2nd Round scorecard from the 1994 Burnet Senior Classic

Marked and signed by Arnold Palmer


Gary Player


Gary Player’s 2nd Round scorecard from the 1980 Memorial Tournament

Marked and signed by George Burns

Gary Player’s 3rd Round scorecard from the 1984 Honda Classic

Marked and signed by Lou Graham

Jerry McGee’s 3rd Round scorecard from the 1994 Bellsouth Senior

 Classic. Marked and signed by Gary Player

Rocky Thompson’s 3rd Round scorecard from the 1994 Burnet Senior

 Classic. Marked and signed by Gary Player


Tom Watson


Tom Watson’s 3rd Round scorecard from the 1980 Memorial Tournament

Marked and signed by Bob Gilder

Tom Watson’s 1st Round scorecard from the 1995 Phoenix Open

Marked and signed by Payne Stewart

Tom Watson’s 4th Round scorecard from the 1996 NEC World Series Of

 Golf. Marked and signed by Scott Hoch

Jim Hallett’s 1st Round scorecard from the 1991 Shearson Lehman

 Brothers Open. Marked and signed by Tom Watson


The Trials and Tribulations of John Daly


John Daly’s 2nd Round scorecard from the 1994 Greater Greensboro

 Open. Marked and signed by Billy Andrade. The previous evening John

 Daly had shaved his head, and  played this round under intense pressure

 from the media

John Daly’s 2nd Round scorecard from the 1997 US Open

It was being marked by Payne Stewart prior to John Daly’s sudden

 withdrawal. This is how it was reported in the media at the time


Daly makes abrupt, quiet exit at the turn ‘Physically exhausted,'

he leaves without telling caddie or partners

June 14, 1997


Plenty of curiosity seekers followed the eighth group to the No. 9 tee

 yesterday. They wanted to see if John Daly would attempt to reach the

 mammoth par-5 in two shots, but what the gallery witnessed was a bogey

 and his exit from the U.S. Open.

The erratic Daly, winner of two major championships and a recovering

 alcoholic, never made it to the 10th tee in the second round. Leaving his

 caddie and playing partners without commenting, he detoured through

 the clubhouse and to the players' parking lot, where he beat an

 impending cut and got a head start on the way to his Memphis home.

Callaway Golf recently began a major advertising campaign involving

 Daly, centering around the slogan "Keep It Straight, John."

A release from the company that attempted to explain his withdrawal

 quoted Daly as saying: "Even though I thought I was going to be strong

 enough to come right back and play three straight weeks on Tour, I found

 out I was wrong. I just started feeling real weak after a few holes today,

 and by the time I got to No. 9, I was physically exhausted."

The U.S. Open was Daly's third consecutive tournament, and he was

 uneasy even before it began.

Daly had a 77 in the first round, and bogeyed Nos. 1 and 5 yesterday,

when he played with Ernie Els and Payne Stewart. He showed no signs of

 fatigue on No. 8, where he missed a short putt for birdie, but the 607-yard

 ninth was a grind.

He drove into the left rough, hacked his ball forward less than 150 yards

 onto a grass path, then put his third shot into the rough right of the green.

 It took two chips to get his ball out of rough and onto the green, where

 Daly made a short putt for bogey.

There was a two-minute wait at the 10th tee for the previous group to hit

 their second shots, but Daly was still nowhere to be seen when Els laced

 his drive long and straight and Stewart put his in the fairway.

"I've been working the Open for 10 years, and this is the first time this has

 happened," said Stuart Reid, the USGA rules official with the group. "[Daly]

 went through the mess of people going from the ninth green to the 10th

 tee. We turned around and he was gone. His caddie [Brian Alexander] was

 on the 10th tee, in a state of panic.

"[Daly] never said a word to him, never said a word to me, never said a

 word to the walking scorer, and never said a word to his fellow

 competitors."

Minus a third ball, the twosome waited on every hole on the back nine.

 Stewart was in no mood to talk about the incident, and Els said, "I didn't

 see anything wrong with the guy."


Major Winners signed blank Scorecards


An Official scorecard from the 2003 British Senior’s Open signed by the

 following Major Winners:

Bob Charles, Charles Coody, Jack Fleck, Tom Kite, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold

 Palmer, Gary Player, Bob Rosburg, Craig Stadler, Tom Watson and Fuzzy

 Zoeller.

An Official scorecard from the 2008 British Senior’s Open signed by the

 following Major Winners:

Bob Charles, Wayne Grady, Tom Kite, Bernhard Langer, Sandy Lyle,Greg

 Norman, Mark O’Meara, Gary Player, Scott Simpson, Jeff Sluman,Craig

 Stadler, Tom Watson and Ian Woosnam.(also signed by Chris Evert)