Golf goals dashed: Thailand’s rising star disqualified from US Women’s Open after 5-hole fiasco

Thailand‘s Natthakritta Vongtaveelap endured a quick appearance at the US Women’s Open after the precocious golf star was disqualified after completing just five holes. The disqualification yesterday got here because of her caddie using a rangefinder, which violated the native golf rule carried out for the championship, prohibiting the use of distance-measuring gadgets.
While a single breach would have incurred a two-shot penalty for the professional golfer, a second violation led to her disqualification. At the time, the 20 year outdated was even-par.
The caddie’s potential confusion could presumably be attributed to the allowance of distance-measuring gadgets in LPGA Tour events. Moreover, gamers were permitted to use them within the Chevron Championship and the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the primary two women’s majors of the yr.
Starting in 2021, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, in collaboration with Voice Caddie, offered each participant with a rangefinder featuring a special competitors mode solely for measuring distances.
Notably, the only two majors that prohibit the usage of rangefinders are the US Women’s Open and the AIG Women’s Open, reported Golf Digest.
Natthakritta started her rookie season on a promising note, with sturdy performances in her first two begins. She secured a runner-up place on the Honda LPGA Thailand and achieved a top six finish at the LOTTE Championship. However, Banned has declined since then, making the cut in only one out of her 5 subsequent begins, together with missing the weekend at the two majors this 12 months. She was at an even-par rating at Pebble Beach earlier than being disqualified.
In May 2022, the Bangkok-born Natthakritta represented Thailand on the 2021 Southeast Asian Games and gained two gold medals.
Interestingly, a similar ruling occurred the previous week on the Korn Ferry Tour..

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