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After earning a spot in a 3-for-2 playoff at the North Berwick qualifier for this month’s Open Championship, David Higgins suffered a two-stroke penalty on the first hole – for carrying 15 clubs in his bag – that ended his quest.
R&A officials relayed the news via its official Twitter account for the British Open, @The_Open: “Update on the play-off at North Berwick, David Higgins discovered he had 15 clubs in his bag & was penalised two shots thereby missing out.”
Higgins, an Irishman on the European Tour, missed the cut at the Irish Open and finished T-29 the previous week at the BMW International Open.
Apparently Higgins’ caddie placed his bag in his car after the round, and stored an extra fairway wood in it, Irish Golf Desk reported; when Higgins made it into the playoff, the club was not removed when the bag was taken back out.