PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – D.A. Points, the 2012 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am champion, was disqualified Friday after a second-round 75 for violating Rule 14-3 of the Rules of Golf (“Artificial Devices, Unusual Equipment and Unusual Use of Equipment”).
According to PGA Tour officials, fans saw Points use a sponge ball-type training aid on the 18th hole at Pebble Beach Golf Links while waiting to play a shot and reported to rules officials.
Points was tied for 60th at 1 under, eight shots back of co-leaders Jimmy Walker and Jordan Spieth. Points and Condoleezza Rice, the former U.S. secretary of state, were 134th in the team event.
Due to the unique nature of the pro-am event, Points can tee it up Saturday with Rice even though he was disqualified from the professional portion of the event.
PGA Tour officials were unsure whether Points would play. If he doesn’t appear for his 8:11 a.m. PST tee time at Spyglass Hill on Saturday, the tournament will make a marker available to play with Rice.
The last time such a disqualification occurred was last year during the third round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial when Jeff Overton was booted for using a putting aid while waiting to tee off on the 10th hole.