Stanford’s Viraat Badhwar Disqualified From Monday’s U.S. Open Local Qualifier at Ruby Hills
May 12, 2015
Stanford sophomore Viraat Badhwar will not be headed to a Sectional qualifier for this year’s U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay after all.
Badhwar was disqualified from Monday’s local qualifier at Ruby Hills Country Club on Tuesday after he discovered that he had signed an incorrect scorecard.
Following his round at Ruby Hills, Badhwar signed for a 71, which at the time landed him in a tie for second at the qualifier with Cardinal teammate Patrick Grimes.
On Tuesday morning, however, Badhwar went to look at his scorecard on the internet and saw that it showed he had a 4 on the par-3 6th hole when he had actually made a triple-bogey 6.
Realizing the mistake, Badhwar contacted the Northern California Golf Association official who ran the qualifier and apologized for the error, saying that it was not intentional.
Under Rule 6-6d, the penalty for signing for a lower score is disqualification.
Due to Badhwar’s disqualification, Cal alum Michael Weaver, who was the runner-up in the 2012 U.S. Amateur and shot 74 in the qualifier, moved up from first alternate to the fifth and final Sectionals spot. Joshua Stone of Stockton moved up to first alternate.
Badhwar and Cardinal teammate Maverick McNealy were the No.1 seed at last week’s U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship at the Olympic Club. They’d lose in the Round of 16.