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These Wacky Golf Playoff Scenarios: Joost Luiten One And Done Tee Shot Edition

Will Gray sums up the bizarre BMW Masters situation Thursday which had Joost Luiten hitting one tee shot, then withdrawing from a shoulder injury to keep his Race For Dubai hopes alive. This was due to a new rule requiring players to tee it up 2 out of 3 times in the run-up to the finale, a seemingly decent idea until you realize there are injuries.

Luke Donald did not agree for the obvious reason that the first alternate is deprived of a chance to play:


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O'Grady could have waived the rule for the injury, but then the media would be complaining about special treatment.
10.24.2013 | Unregistered CommenterGS Elevator
Oh Luke is just so Joost has a massively good chance of making some massively huge prize money so he can massively take a private jet instead of being stuck in coach, Shirley Luke you can understand? Dumb rule but jeez Luke the guys got a make a living.
10.24.2013 | Unregistered CommenterVwgolfer
Mr Luiten was quite critical when he was first reserve for the Open Championship and didn,t get a spot.

Funny That !
10.24.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJock
Robert Allenby was forced to do something similar years ago but I can't remember the exact specifics nor can I locate the details about them. He was injured and flew pretty much across the world to dribble a tee shot out there and then flew back. Anyone remember this?
10.24.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Allenby was almost killed in a car wreck. Here is the incident that DTF mentioned:

Back to your accident. About a month after the wreck you flew from Melbourne to Spain and hit one shot at the Volvo Masters so that you could collect $145,000 in bonus money for finishing third on the Order of Merit.

I told the European Tour, "I've got a broken sternum, my head is still full of stitches, I can't play." And they just said, "Well, you won't get any bonus money." This was 12 years ago, when $145,000 was a fortune. So I asked them, "What counts as playing the tournament?" Ken Schofield [then the European Tour's executive director] said, "Well, you just have to tee off the first hole. You'll get last place money in the tournament and be entitled to your bonus." So I bought a first-class ticket to Spain and got to the course about an hour before my tee time. I got a friend of mine to tee the ball up for me, and then I tapped it off the tee and walked back to the clubhouse. I felt pretty bad because I was taking a spot from someone else and the Tour didn't really explain it properly to him. But why shouldn't I be entitled to that money? I had played so well all year.
10.24.2013 | Unregistered Commentergary
Good catch there gary! I knew it involved that bad car accident....thanks for picking up on that.
10.24.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
It should be made clear here that Luke is understanding of Joost's actions and finds the rule foolish. Twitter can get confusing with the retweet comments.
10.24.2013 | Unregistered Commentersmithens53
My good friend Justin Walters was the first alternate into that event, and obviously was disappointed he couldn't play.
Don't know if anyone has heard his story, but he had had a rough season (golf wise) up until a few weeks ago. He gets a surprise exemption into the Dunhill Links, and the next day his mother passes away after a bout with cancer. The family decides to all go together to the Dunhill, Justin plays his best event yet (t-26), and the next week Justin finishes 2nd in Portugal to vault all the way to 70th on the money list. I was literally in tears (as was he) when he made his 45 footer across the green on 18 in Portugal.
18th the next week in Perth, Australia, which made him 1st alternate in China. Anyways...thought I'd share that.
On another note, why is there an alternate list for this event if it's a playoff event?
I don't blame Luiten really, especially if he's injured. It's a ridiculous rule and should be changed for next year.
10.24.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrad Fritsch
The Euro Tour finals has a number of problems. Consider this the final series is supposed to be for the top 110 to qualify the top 60 to Dubai. But most of the guys outside of the top 60 won't get any starts (or only 1) in the final series, and therefore have no ability to play into the top 60.

All 3 of the events (BMW, HSBC, Turkey) are no cut, and the first two tournaments reserve a number of spots for individuals who aren't in the top 110 of the Race to Dubai.

So hey congrats on qualifying for the finals series, but you won't actually get to play in it, and you have no chance of advancing to the finals.

Meanwhile a guy like Rory who is outside of the top 60 right now in the R2Dubai will almost certainly qualify because his world rank gets him into the guaranteed money tournaments.
10.24.2013 | Unregistered Commenterelf
The rule should have been changed after the Allenby fiasco. I saw him hit that drive - it didn't get off the end of the tee - and it was the ultimate in bureaucratic stupidity.
He did though have the accident in Spain - and I'm pretty sure he went from the hospital in Marbella to the course. Why ruin a good story with the truth?
10.24.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike Clayton
Mike, that is funny.

I remember reading about it when it happened, did he use a putter?
10.24.2013 | Unregistered CommenterStiggy
"This was 12 years ago, when $145,000 was a fortune."

10.24.2013 | Unregistered Commentertour caddy 60
@Jock, actually Joost stated he was completely understanding as to why Hanson (was it?) entered the Open then withdrew so he didn't get a spot. He was also disappointed (obviously) Now he had to do it himself. Funny how that works.
10.25.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRavlol
@Tour Caddy, I don't think he's implying that it isn't a lot of money now, but that it isn't a lot of money for him given his further successes or, frankly, for golf prizes. Doesn't the third place finisher in the FedEx Cup get a seven figure bonus? I would fly for 12 hours to dribble a golf ball for a 2-3 million.
10.25.2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe O
That Allenby was one helluva ballstriker...
10.25.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF

He used a driver from memory. You have never seen anything so stupid on a golf course in your'e whole life - well, you probably have but you know what I mean.
10.25.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike Clayton
Mike, I once saw a clip of someone throwing their putter and hitting their ball ;) but I know what you mean!!

Thanks for your posts, it is nice to get the real story
10.27.2013 | Unregistered CommenterStiggy
I think Schofield should have been asked what would have happened if a player who had every intention of competing that week over-slept and missed his first round tee time? Would that player have forfeited his bonus money?
10.27.2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarl Peterson

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