By now, you've likely heard what a crazy Sunday night it was at the LPGA's first major of the season -- the ANA Inspiration.
In case you missed it, here's a summary...
Lexi Thompson had a two-stroke lead with six holes to play in the final round at Mission Hills. As she walked off the 12th green, the 22-year-old winner of the 2014 ANA was approached by LPGA rules officials.
At that point, it was explained to Thompson that she was going to be assessed a four-stroke penalty for an infraction that occurred on the 17th hole a day earlier in Round 3. Immediately, her two-stroke advantage switched to a two-stroke deficit.
The massive penalty came in two two-stroke parts.
First, Thompson was given a two-stroke penalty for incorrectly replacing her golf ball after marking it. Video evidence shows that Thompson marked her ball to the side and then replaced the ball in front of the marker.
A TV viewer noticed the infraction and emailed the LPGA, which decided to take action.
The second two-stroke penalty was the result of Thompson signing for an incorrect third-round score. Unaware of any wrongdoing at the time, Thompson signed for a 67. It should have been a 69 with the initial two-stroke penalty. When she didn't apply the penalty -- which again, no one had knowledge of at the time -- and signed for the 67, that's when the second two-stroke penalty came into play.
Here's the LPGA's explanation of the penalty:
Until a recent rule change, Thompson actually could have been disqualified altogether signing for an incorrect score.
Understandably, Thompson became very emotional when the officials broke the bad news to her.
Somehow, she managed to birdie three of her last six holes -- to go along with one bogey -- to force a playoff with So Yeon Ryu. Thompson would lose on the first hole of sudden death.
As one can imagine in this day of social media, the reaction by players and fans alike was immediate.
Here's a sampling:
Here's Thompson's interview after the tournament.
Your heart goes out to Thompson, but did she handle that like a champion, or what?
Reporters on the scene said that even after the crushing defeat, Thompson spent time signing autographs for fans.