Lee Janzen DQ'd from US Open for wearing spikes
It seems the metal spike is now endangered species after Lee Janzen, a two time US Open Champion was DQ'd from this years event for wearing metal spiked golf shoes.
Despite the rise of softspikes a significant number of tour pros still wear metal spikes, so it was unusual that metal spikes were not allowed at this weeks sectional qualifier at Woodmont Country Club.
The Golf Channel managed to obtain a copy of the local rules which read:
"Spikes: Steel spikes are not permitted for the qualifying rounds or for practice rounds. It is a condition at all qualifying sites, unless otherwise indicated by an asterisk on the entry application …"
"Penalty for breach of the condition: Disqualification."
Lee Janzen went on to confirm the penalty on Twitter:
Yes. DQ for metal spikes at qualifier at woodmont. Rule was in e-mail. More concerned about my game. 75 1st round put me way back anyway.— Lee Janzen (@LeeJanzen) June 3, 2013
The penalty seems a bit harsh, but it is hard to argue that the use of spiked golf shoes is necessary in 2013.
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