AmericaJohn Catlin was penalized for one stroke for failing to keep pace on the opening day of the major PGA Championship on May 20.

Catlin started from the 10th hole. On the 16th, par5 holes, he was warned by the referee to be late for the first time because he exceeded the 40-second frame according to the rules on the game schedule that the Organizing Committee applied from the Law of Golf. This hole, he took 74 seconds for the second shot.

Five holes later, he committed again with 63 seconds when handling the ball from the left of the fairway. This time, he had to add a club to the hole. Therefore, the par4 3rd hole is 396 yards from par to bogey. It was the last and fourth bogey, alongside three birdies and a double bogey on the 75-stroke scoreboard at Ocean, par72, South Carolina.

Catlin received a penalty plus stroke on his first PGA Championship appearance.  Photo: Golf Central

Catlin received a penalty plus stroke on his first PGA Championship appearance. Image: Golf Central

Catlin is the first player to be penalized for slow play at the tournament as well as in the traditional major quartet in the past eight years. The previous similar case was Guan Tianlang at the 2013 Masters. At that time, Tianlang was only 14 years old at the amateur level and was reminded four times late.

Catlin is currently ranked 80th in the world (OWGR table), attending the PGA Championship 2021 by the Organizing Committee. This is also the first time he attended the major event of the American Golf Association (PGAA).

American golfers mainly compete in the European Tour and Asian Tour. In the past nine months, the player born in 1990 won three championships in the European First Class golf arena.

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