On May 26, Carlota Ciganda exceeded the allotted time, so he lost on the last hole of the opening day of LPGA Match Play at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas.
Prizes in the format of individual holes with a prize fund of 1.7 million USD. The event brought together 64 golfers to play round-robin in groups of four in the first three days, after which each group only got one ticket to the knockout round.
Yesterday, Ciganda met Sarah Schmelzel. After 17 holes, the game is even. On hole 18, Ciganda birdie, and Schmelzel kept par. Ciganda thought he won the last hole and won the match with a score of 1 up. But the Organizing Committee concluded the opposite result.
“Ciganda lost the 18th hole because of a violation of the rules of the game schedule. In this regulation, the golfer will lose the hole if it is 10 seconds longer than the allowed time to make the entire stroke on a hole, an average of 30 seconds per hole. owl. And at hole 18, Ciganda broke the rules”, the announcement from the LPGA Tour stated the reason for the penalty.
The Spaniard born in 1990 was silent about this decision. After 10 years of playing professionally, she won two LPGA Tour titles and four European Tour titles.
Ciganda is not the first case to be penalized for slowness on the LPGA Tour 2021. Before her were Yealimi Noh and Robynn Ree, both at Kia Classic near the end of March. Noh broke the rules twice in the penultimate round, Ree once in the second round and then failed to qualify. Each time the golfer is late, the golfer is fined one stroke, calculated on the scoreboard with 5,000 USD. Noh violated twice, so she had to pay up to 10,000 USD while she received 4,247 USD for the final T61 position in Kia Classic.
The Sybase Match Play Championship of the 2012 LPGA Tour also recorded a delay. That year, Morgan Pressels was penalized for being late, so he went from a 3up advantage to 1 up and had six holes left in the semi-final against Azahara Munoz.
The fight became more intense when Pressel accused Munoz of using a stick to move her putt on hole 15. The organizers dissected the video but did not have enough evidence to conclude. And after a long pause, Munoz recorded a birdie on the 15th hole and equalized the game. Later, Munoz beat Pressel and also the final.
Last week, the PGA Championship recorded John Catlin penalized a stroke for being late in the opening round. He is the first player to be penalized for playing slow 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.
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