File this under bizarre penalties on the golf course.
Italy’s Edoardo Molinari was disqualified from the European Tour’s Shenzhen International on Friday after failing to include a strange penalty on his round of 75 Thursday; his caddie hopped a golf cart between the ninth and 10th tees, but Molinari didn’t see it.
Molinari tweeted his frustration early Friday morning.
Got DQ because my caddy jumped on a buggy between the 9th and the 10th hole yesterday. I didn’t see him unfortunately as I was 20 yds ahead.
— Edoardo Molinari (@DodoMolinari) April 16, 2015
Molinari later followed up that had he reported it, he would have only incurred a two-stroke penalty and would not have been disqualified. He signed for a 75, which was what he thought he shot, instead of a 77.
It would have been a two stroke penalty had I found out yesterday, DQ because I signed for the wrong card (which didn’t include the penalty)
— Edoardo Molinari (@DodoMolinari) April 17, 2015
Looks like another case study for GOLF Magazine’s Rules Guy.