The season within the DP World Tour, the European Tour not too long ago rebranded with a event the Dubai Invitational, has change into the goal of criticism. Within the Professional AM method, 60 gamers have competed in it, two of them by invitation. Considered one of them is Ken Weyand, a 54-year-old former skilled, who accomplished it in 53 over par. Tommy Fleetwood, the winner, beat him by 72 strokes, one per gap.
Weyand accomplished the 4 days with a really poor rating, with playing cards of 87, 82, 82 and 86 strokes and solely two birdies in 72 holes. Solely the 14th gap, a par 3, he performed all 4 days with out penalties. A quadruple bogey, two triple bogeys, 9 doubles and 25 bogeys have been on his card.
The reason being that Weyand now not performs tournaments. He’s the director of Florida’s unique Grove XXIII, the golf course owned by Michael Jordan. And in Dubai, now a 7 handicap beginner – he was initially going to be 1.2 – was going to be invited to play it as knowledgeable. However he could not.
“As if it is Ken from Barbie”
In such a restricted event, the choice – the opposite invitation went to Thomas Bjorn, a former Ryder Cup captain – sat badly among the many execs. Eddie Pepperell, the Englishman who occurs to be essentially the most acidic golfer on the planet, wrote on X: “Restricted subject of solely 60 execs, and outdated Ken Weyand will get an invitation after which does this. I do not care if he is Ken from Barbie – it should not occur.”
He was joined in that criticism by his caddie Jamie Herbert, who added that in a event that provides out “$2.5 million, with no reduce, it is a misplaced seat. Figuring out the significance of the sponsors and that they’ll invite whoever they need”. Richard Mansell, who performed with Weyand, defended him by saying that “with out the sponsors there can be no tournaments”.
Up to now, golf had skilled different moments of embarrassing scorecards. Jose Coceres, knowledgeable golfer from Argentina who went on to win on the PGA Tour, signed off with 100 strokes within the British Open qualifiers, 21 lower than Maurice Flitcroft in 1976, when Seve would find yourself second.
Within the 1898 U.S. Open, performed in Massachusetts, 9 gamers completed at or above that quantity within the first spherical. John Dunn Tucker, in an even-par 72, shot 157. One other American, Mike Reasor, after making the reduce on the PGA Tour’s Tallahassee Open, fell off a horse. With a dislocated shoulder and a hip damage he wished to maintain taking part in as a result of in any other case he couldn’t qualify for the subsequent event and performed two days one-handed. He completed +93 (123 and 114) and needed to endure surgical procedure.
Lastly, Billy Casper‘s efficiency on the 2005 Masters modified the lifetime champion invitation rule. Though he refused to signal the cardboard and was disqualified, he had shot 106.