The WGC-HSBC Champions teed off in Shanghai yesterday but did so without English duo Chris Wood and Eddie Pepperell.
Both were late withdrawals with Wood pulling out with a neck injury, while Pepperell was having back trouble, which he believes could keep him out until the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai in four weeks’ time.
Aussie Jason Scrivener replaced Pepperell in the field, but nobody replaced Wood.
Thanks to the brilliant Physio’s here in China, I’m now up walking. 👍 Maybe a career low today while laid sideways pissing into a bottle because I couldn’t move... Not sure how long I’ll be out for but hoping to be good for Dubai. 🏌🏼♂️🙈— Eddie Pepperell (@PepperellEddie) October 25, 2018
That didn’t stop one Twitter user from getting it all wrong, accusing Wood of teeing it up on the first hole to pick up a cheque for $44,000 in the no-cut event and, in doing so, denying another player a place in the field.
The user tweeted: "But just teeing off the 1st to get last place cheque and take a spot away from someone else... class act that."
However, that simply wasn’t the case at all and Wood responded to set the record straight. The user then deleted his tweet.
At the 2016 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Daniel Berger withdrew after one tee shot, citing a shoulder injury, and picked up a cheque for $50,500.
In that particular event though, there were no alternate spots in the field, meaning Berger’s antics didn’t prevent another playing from getting their opportunity.