Jun 7, 4:53 PM EDT
NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. -- (AP) Craig Stadler was penalized two strokes after missing his tee time for Saturday's third round of the Senior PGA Championship.Stadler was scheduled to tee off at 10:05 a.m., but showed up 2 minutes, 20 seconds late and was assessed a two-stroke penalty by rules official Jim Deaton.Stadler said he called Aromimink Golf Club on Friday night to get his starting time and was told that he was to tee off at 10:20 a.m."It was my fault for not double-checking," Stadler said. "I called and didn't check again. I kind of assumed that was the tee time."
PGA Director of Tournaments Kerry Haigh said Stadler was given the correct starting time."I know I have spoken to the people in our trailer and they did get a call asking for what Craig Stadler's tee time was. And they gave the correct time," he said.Stadler, playing in his first senior event after turning 50 on June 2, was at 1 under, three strokes off the lead going into the third round. He made a par on the first hole - a double bogey with the penalty tacked on - and bogeyed Nos. 2 and 3. He was at 3 over, seven strokes behind leader Seiji Ebihara, after seven holes when the third round was suspended because of rain.