Willy Wilcox calls rules violation on himself at Wells Fargo Championship
Willy Wilcox had quite the roller coaster of a tournament at Eagle Point.
The 30-year-old shot a 71 in Round 1 of the Wells Fargo Championship after not having time for a practice round, but racked up five bogeys in his first 12 holes of Round 2. Apparently unsatisfied with his putting, Wilcox took to Twitter:
Gonna try putting with my eyes closed. That should work better— Willy Wilcox (@willwilcoxgolf) May 6, 2017
But before he could finish his round, weather forced the tournament to suspend Round 2 play until Saturday morning, leaving Wilcox staring at a 4-over scorecard for the evening. Overnight, the pro decided a change to his bag might help his short game, so he switched out putters.
One problem: Technically, he was still in the middle of his second round.
Wilcox realized the slip up, and contacted a rules official Saturday morning to alert them of his mistake.
Made an oops. Changed putters mid round.. over night.. thats a dq. Called self on it. Buh bye see ya n dallas— Willy Wilcox (@willwilcoxgolf) May 6, 2017
Ouch. A small mental error that ended up with a huge consequence.
Jus got off phone with head rules official from Tour. Its a 4 shot penalty not a DQ. Jus an fyi— Willy Wilcox (@willwilcoxgolf) May 6, 2017
That's some small consolation. While better than a disqualification, a four shot penalty is still pretty painful (especially in the midst of a 4-over round), and practically just as hard to recover from.
At least that's what it seems Wilcox thought, as he withdrew from the tournament before finishing his second round.