Mark Hubbard was on the top of the world earlier in February, but he came back down to Earth this week.
Hubbard, who got engaged to his longtime girlfriend Meghan McCurley after his round at Pebble Beach a few weeks ago, was disqualified from The Honda Classic after failing to register for the event on Thursday.
Hubbard, a PGA Tour rookie, was the tournament’s first alternate and earned a spot in the field when Louis Oosthuizen withdrew. Hubbard shot a four-over 74 – which included a triple bogey – but was disqualified shortly after he finished his round.
The Tour’s VP of rules and competition, Slugger White, informed Hubbard of his DQ.
“I told him I felt bad about it, but there was nothing I could do, unfortunately,” White told the Golf Channel. “I hate it, I just do. But we’ve got to know where you are and what you’re doing. It’s unfortunate.”
According to the Tour’s player code of conduct, the penalty for failing to register is much harsher once the tournament begins compared to failing to register for a practice round or pro-am.
Thursday night, golfer John Peterson tweeted: “#freemarkhubbard,” which was retweeted by Hubbard and others.
Hubbard made the cut in seven of his first nine events this season entering The Honda.