This week’s rules blunder is brought to you by Chad Campbell, who was disqualified from the Deutsche Bank Championship after forgetting to register. At every tournament, players are required to sign the application for the event — it’s an insurance thing and just a formality, like signing your scorecard, when they arrive on site (preferably before they play a practice round, but you’re only disqualified if you don’t register before you tee off).
Why did it take two days for officials to disqualify Campbell, who will not finish in the top 70 in FedEx Cup points to advance to next week’s BMW Championship? Tour officials were going through the entry forms on Friday evening and they couldn’t find Campbell’s. On Saturday morning an official approached him and asked if he had checked in in hopes that the form had just been misplaced. When he thought about it, Campbell realized it had slipped his mind.
“If he would have told a lie, we would have gone with him,” tournament rules official Mark Russell joked. “He’s an honest guy and we went to him and asked him, and I was thinking the whole time that he did register, that they just misplaced it.”
“You know, just can’t believe you make a mistake like that,” said Campbell. Obviously disappointed that I’m not getting to play today, but that’s the rules. That’s the way it goes.”
If I’m Campbell, I’m more upset that I had to play 18 holes on Friday in the rain! He shot a one-over 72 in the first round and would have needed to post two-under on Saturday to make the cut.
Registering is like second nature for players. It’s just something you do. But forgetting can happen to anyone. Even Golf Channel analysts, like Brandel Chamblee. When Russell told us that Chamblee made the same mistake at Callaway Gardens in 2002, the interview room exploded with laughter.
But this isn’t the first time Campbell has forgotten to fill out some paperwork. At last year’s Sony Open, he flew to Hawaii only to realize that he hadn’t committed to the tournament.
“It’s starting to be a trend,” said Campbell.