30 Jun '12, 3am
Rules mistakes can be downright penalizing. Here, the top 10 costliest blunders:
As rules "mistakes" go, it's fair to ask whether Morgan Pressel's slow play penalty in the Sybase Match Play Championship even qualifies. Unlike with Roberto de Vicenzo signing an incorrect scorecard at the 1968 Masters, or Dustin Johnson grounding his club in a bunker at the 2010 PGA Championship, Pressel's slow play penalty in her semifinal match against Azahara Munoz was subject to the interpretation of a rules official. Regardless, it was a penalty that proved costly, with Pressel's 3-up lead whittled down to 1-up because her slow time resulted in a loss of a hole. Pressel never recovered, went on to lose the match, and now joins a list of golfers who have seen the rules of golf conspire against them at the most inopportune moments.