Craig Stadler Takes a Knee, Gets DQ’d at Torrey Pines

Craig Stadler cuts down the tree that got in his way at the 1987 Andy Williams Open at Torrey Pines.

On the 14th hole at Torrey Pines during the 1987 Andy Williams Open, Craig Stadler had a tough lie next to a tree, so he decided to hit the shot from his knees and placed a towel on the ground to kneel on. He was clearly in violation of the rules governing building a stance. After finishing in second place, he was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard. Stadler got some revenge in 1995, when Torrey Pines allowed him to cut down the offending tree.

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