The PGA Tour Canada is investigating an alleged dishonest incident that came about on the Ottawa Open this week.
Based on a report by Ryan French of Monday Q Information, the incident concerned a 28-year-old professional named Justin Doeden and his rating on the par-5 18th gap throughout the second spherical at Eagle Creek Golf Membership. As French informed by witnesses, Doeden hit his second shot within the water on the holeshot. He took a penalty stroke and went down for his fourth shot earlier than his subsequent shot landed in a greenside bunker. From there, Doeden didn’t go up and down, ending with a double bogey 7.
However when the scores have been posted later within the afternoon, French reported, Doeden’s card confirmed he’d shot a 5 on the opening. With a par as a substitute of a double bogey, Doeden posted a complete of 36 three-under holes would have been a shot contained in the lower line.
As quickly as his taking part in companions noticed the inaccurate rating, French reported, they alerted event officers to the error.
Based on French, the participant who had saved Doeden’s rating confirmed his complete and signed the cardboard. However after signing, Doeden requested to retrieve the cardboard to confirm the numbers.
When officers have been alerted to the inaccurate rating, French reported, they examined Doeden’s scorecard to search out that the 7 on the 18th gap had been erased and changed with a 5.
Whereas the investigation into the matter was ongoing, Doeden reportedly contacted event officers and withdrew from the event.
When contacted by GOLF.com for remark, PGA Tour Canada’s communications division stated the incident was beneath assessment and the tour doesn’t count on to difficulty an official assertion.
Had Doeden’s incorrect rating gone undetected, it will have had main cut-line implications. Solely top-60s and ties make the lower on the Canadian Tour, and with Doeden’s three-under complete, 13 gamers would have been tied for 61st at two beneath.
Doeden, a fifth-year skilled, attended the College of Minnesota the place he performed on the golf staff throughout his junior and senior seasons. Since turning professional in 2018, he has spent most of his time on the Canadian Tour, taking part in 43 occasions. This season he has made 12 begins on the Canadian circuit, making eight cuts with 5 high 25 finishes and a second place end.