Zac Blair disqualified after altering putter... with his head

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PGA Tour player Zac Blair was disqualified from the Wells Fargo Championship on Friday after using his putter after he altered it... with his head.
By T.J. Auclair
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Friday, May 06, 2016 | 1:27 p.m.

PGA Tour player Zac Blair summed up his situation at the Wells Fargo Championship on Friday perfectly in a hashtag: "#GottaDoBetter."

Playing the fifth hole in the tournament's second round, Blair became frustrated after missing a birdie putt. He proceeded to hit himself in the head with his putter before tapping in for par.

On the very next hole, Blair realized something: The shaft on his putter had been bent as the result of his head bang.

Blair alerted officials and was then disqualified for using a nonconforming club, outlined under Rule 4-3b in the Rules of Golf, which covers "damage other than in the normal course of play":

If, during a stipulated round, a player’s club is damaged other than in the normal course of play rendering it non-conforming or changing its playing characteristics, the club must not subsequently be used or replaced during the round.

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF RULE 4-3b: Disqualification.

And so was the case for Blair, who was unlikely to make the cut anyway. He was 7 over at the time of the infraction.

Here's his tweet about the breach:


And he had a little fun with it too, as you can see here, giving us a little "Flashback Friday" by subtweeting the PGA Tour with the most famous of all putter-to-head-bangers, Woody Austin:


T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.