There's always some kind of controversy during the Masters -- tournament drama, not the golf club stuff -- and on Thursday, the world's No. 1 player was caught up in what could've been a terrible situation.
After Luke Donald finished his first round and signed his scorecard, word emerged that his score was being investigated. Donald shot an opening-round 75, and there was some thought that he may have signed for a 73.
According to his wife, though, Donald is in the clear:
Just got off the phone with Luke, NOT disqualified. Thank goodness.— Diane Donald (@DianeDonald) April 5, 2012
So what happened? According to Jason Sobel and the Golf Channel, we should all blame the fax machine.
Luke Donald mystery solved. From @ToddLewisGC: When scorecard was faxed, a 5 on fifth hole looked like a 3. No issue, no DQ. Just the fax.— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelGC) April 5, 2012
And here I thought fax machines were only used in athletic department offices, rolled out on National Signing Day.
Questions still remain, though. Most importantly: "Why in the world is Augusta National faxing Masters scorecards?" They couldn't be scanned if tournament officials needed records? Or they couldn't triple-check that the copy was clear?
The lesson: Never use a fax machine. Avoid it at all costs. Use carrier pigeons.
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