The click-clack of Lee Janzen's metal golf spikes could be heard walking the path into -- and, sadly, away from -- U.S. Open sectional qualifying on Monday.
Janzen was disqualified from his sectional qualifying site in Rockville, Md., according to Golf Channel, for wearing metal spikes. Metal spikes are prohibited at Woodmont Country Club, host for that particular sectional. Three of the 11 sectional sites allow them.
The field for each sectional qualifying site was provided with rules, regulations and conditions of competition weeks ahead of the June 3 day of qualifying in the United States. The penalty for wearing metal spikes during practice or competition rounds? Disqualification.
An odd part of the story, however, is that Janzen shot 75 in the first of two rounds on the day at the North Course at Woodmont. He was caught with the metal spikes after that round. Typically, a tournament starter spies a player's equipment to make sure they have 14 clubs and are not breaking any other rules or conditions of competition. The starter must have missed Janzen ahead of starting the qualifier.
The two-time U.S. Open champion will not get a chance for a third in 2013, but may be in line for a sponsorship deal with Under Armour.
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