Michelle Wie was disqualified following the third round at the LPGA State Farm Classic for failure to sign her score card after Friday’s second round, which is a violation of Rule 6-6 b. according to The Rules of Golf and confirmed by the USGA.
Wie was notified following the conclusion of today’s third round in order to provide her the opportunity to give an account of yesterday’s second round situation. The LPGA first heard of the violation mid-morning today, but it was after Wie had begun third-round play, and action could not be further taken until she had completed 18 holes and been given the opportunity to recount the events of Friday’s second round.
The 2008 LPGA Rules of Play define the scoring area as the roped area defining the boundary of the scoring tent. Supplementary rules of play stipulate that the scoring area boundary may instead be defined by a white line, which has the effect of decreasing the size of the scoring area. The white line was not deemed necessary this week and was not put in place, and as a result the boundary is the roped area.
Prior to signing her card, Wie had left the defined scoring area according to item No. 3 resulting in her subsequent disqualification.