Jason Millard disqualifies himself from U.S. Open

Jason Millard, pictured in 2011 while at Middle Tennessee State, disqualified himself from the 2014 U.S. Open.
Jason Millard, pictured in 2011 while at Middle Tennessee State, disqualified himself from the 2014 U.S. Open. ( Photo Courtesy of MTSU Athletics )

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Jason Millard of Murfreesboro, Tenn., was disqualified Saturday from the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst after reporting a self-imposed penalty in sectional qualifying.

Millard, who shot a pair of 68s to advance out of the Memphis qualifier June 2, was playing his third shot on the 18th hole at Colonial Country Club’s North Course, his 27th hole, when he grounded his club in a bunker.

“I didn’t see anything for sure but I felt something and I saw a small indentation," said Millard, a two-time All-American at Middle Tennessee State. "It happened so fast, I really don’t know 100 percent but deep down, I believe I did. I couldn’t find peace about it. For five days, I practiced and I couldn’t get it off my mind.

“It’s heart-breaking but what I was feeling in my heart didn’t feel right. It’s the right decision and I am sticking with it.”

Millard will be replaced in the field by amateur Sam Love of Trussville, Ala. Love, a recent grad of UAB, was the second alternate from the Memphis qualifier.

“We commend Jason for bringing this matter to our attention,” said Daniel B. Burton, USGA vice president and chairman of the Championship Committee. “At this time, we have no recourse but to disqualify him under the Rules of Golf and specifically Rule 34-1b.”

Golfweek.com readers: We value your input and welcome your comments, but please be respectful in this forum.