Ben Crane disqualified from tournament over stickers on clubs!

Ruben Hill
September 17, 2017

Ben Crane was handed two four-shot penalties and later disqualified from a Tour event for having nonconforming clubs in his bag. Talk about a tough start.

The Tour rules team conferred with the USGA as to whether the second infraction was necessary, since both infractions fall under the same rule.

The stickers are used to collect data about his shots when he practices, so in addition to this being an unusual penalty, it's also one that could only happen to the modern Tour pro. He did not use them in the tournament, but carrying the non-conforming clubs was enough to saddle him with two four-shot penalties. But the situation got even stranger because Crane only reported the decal on his driver at first. But, since he was between holes, he had to take the two-stroke penalty for each hole.

Crane's chances of making the cut in Boise might be unlikely, but the five-time PGA TOUR victor will give it his best shot on Friday - without an eight-shot handicap to begin his day. Had Crane noticed the the sticker before putting out on the 10th hole, the penalty would have only been two shots.

Crane brought the sticker to the attention of a rules official and was assessed a four-stroke penalty for using a non-conforming club.

Despite being put behind the eight (stroke) ball, Crane played his final 16 holes in three under par.

The University of OR alum is playing the Tour Finals for the first time after finishing No. 147 in the PGA TOUR's 2016-17 FedExCup standings, in a season where he made 18 cuts in 26 starts but recorded just one top-10 finish.

"He came back this morning and said he knew he had the 6-iron, and he's got to make a declaration that that club is out of play", Duncan said. Because he knew and didn't declare the club out of play at the time, Crane was disqualified. "As usually is the case when applying a penalty this big, you want to confirm your interpretation of the ruling".

We're guessing the head of everyone reading this story is spinning a bit as well.

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