Luke Donald, the No. 1 player in the world and one of the favorites to contend at the 2012 Masters, may be disqualified after signing an incorrect scorecard for his first round. Rumors began flying around 5 p.m. ET shortly after Donald finished his round that his signed card did not add up.
An official from the Masters initially told Steve Elling of CBSSports.com that there was no issue with the card, despite the Masters scoreboard showing that Donald shot a 75.
Augusta official said tournament committee chair Fred Ridley told him, "Luke Donald shot 73, signed for 73, there is no problem. No story."— Steve Elling (@EllingYelling) April 5, 2012
Shortly after that statement was made, word came down that the Masters' competition committee was looking into Donald's scorecard, and that there was apparently a discrepancy.
Via Brian Wacker:
Announcement just made in media center – Masters competition committee looking into questions regarding Luke Donald’s scorecard. Stay tuned.— Brian Wacker (@pgatour_brianw) April 5, 2012
If Donald signed for a 75, and the scoreboard was wrong and he in fact shot a 73, then he would not be disqualified, but the higher signed score would hold up.
The most famous instance of an incorrect scorecard at Augusta National involves Argentinian Roberto De Vicenzo, who signed an incorrect card that playing partner Tommy Aaron had marked one shot worse than his actual round. De Vincenzo signed the card and the incorrect score stood -- had he corrected the mistake, he would have tied Bob Goalby for first and forced an 18-hole playoff the next day.