Golf World Reacts To Hideki Matsuyama Being Disqualified From The Memorial

Golf World Reacts To Hideki Matsuyama Being DQ'd From The Memorial

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  • Hideki Matsuyama was disqualified from The Memorial during Thursday’s first round.
  • The former Masters winner had a marking on the face of his fairway wood.
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Hideki Matsuyama was disqualified during the opening round of The Memorial on Thursday for having a non-conforming club in his bag. It marked the first time the 2021 Masters champion had been DQ’d in his career.

Specifically, Matsuyama had markings around the center of the face of one of his fairway woods.

Chief Referee Steve Rintoul explained the ruling and situation to the Golf Channel.

Rintoul admitted that rules officials had learned that Matsuyama may be carrying a non-conforming club right after he began his round on Thursday.

Players can carry a non-conforming club, but they just can’t use it. As Rintoul explained, a rules official approached Matsuyama on the second hole and asked if he had used the club at that point in the round, and unfortunately for Matsuyama, the answer was yes.

Matsuyama was paired with Patrick Reed and Rory McIlroy on Thursday, both of which shook his hand before he had to leave the course.

Golf World Reacts To Hideki Matsuyama Being Disqualified