Millard disqualified from U.S. Open after qualifying
June 07, 2014
- June 07, 2014
- Jason Millard disqualified himself from the U.S. Open for grounding his club in a bunker. (Getty Images/Chris Condon)
Jason Millard was disqualified from the U.S. Open on Saturday after reporting a self-imposed penalty in sectional qualifying.
“We commend Jason for bringing this matter to our attention,” said Daniel B. Burton, USGA vice president and chairman of the Championship Committee. “At this time, we have no recourse but to disqualify him under the Rules of Golf and specifically Rule 34-1b.”
Millard, who qualified in Memphis, Tennessee, after carding a pair of 68s, was playing his third shot on the 18th hole of Colonial Country Club’s North Course, his 27th hole of the day, when the penalty occurred.
“I’m pretty sure I grounded my club in the bunker,” said Millard, who will be replaced by amateur Sam Love, of Trussville, Alabama, the second alternate from the same qualifying site. “I didn’t see anything for sure but I felt something and I saw a small indentation. It happened so fast, I really don’t know 100 percent but deep down, I believe I did. I couldn’t find peace about it. For five days, I practiced and I couldn’t get it off my mind.
“It’s heart-breaking but what I was feeling in my heart didn’t feel right,” said Millard, who played in this year’s The Honda Classic and was a two-time All-American at Middle Tennessee State University. “It’s the right decision and I am sticking with it.”
Love, who will compete in his first U.S. Open and recently completed his senior season at the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB), shot 68-69--137 at Colonial Country Club on June 2.