Saturday, July 25, 2009
BEDMINSTER, N.J. — During yesterday’s semifinals, there was a strange incident as Jordan Spieth and Logan Harrell approached the 12th hole of the New Course at Trump National.
From the tee, the players saw that there was no flagstick on the green.
Tom O’Toole, Jr, the committee chairman of the U.S. Junior, breezed by in a cart carrying the flagstick from the 13th hole. O’Toole used the 13th flagstick as a replacement for the 12th.
When I asked O’Toole, Jr. what happened to the 12th flagstick, he was as perplexed as everyone else. The USGA didn’t alter the course in between the quarterfinals and semifinals so that eliminated any possible oversight by the USGA or the Trump National grounds crew.
The only possible explanation? It must’ve been stolen, O’Toole, Jr. said.