Eddie Pepperell has described the rule that saw him disqualified from the Qatar Masters today as "a fair distance away from common sense".
The Englishman, a winner of the event in 2018, was booted from the remainder of the tournament after signing for a wrong score.
Whilst the total he signed for, 71, was correct, a mix-up with his playing partner resulted in some of his scores being marked in the wrong places on the card.
As a result, he will play no further part in the tournament.
Afterwards, Pepperell took to Twitter to explain what had happened - and to question the severity of his punishment.
1/ FYI- My DQ today wasn’t due to me running out of balls, or hitting anyone, instead, I signed for a wrong score. My total, 71, was correct and I indeed signed for that. However, my partner had me down for a 5 on one hole where I made a 6, and a 4 on another, where I made 3...— Eddie Pepperell (@PepperellEddie) March 5, 2020
I picked him up on it and I changed the card to reflect the fact I actually made a 6 on hole 11 as opposed to a 5, and a 3 on hole 16 as opposed to a 4. I then however mistakenly changed the 17th hole(), not the 16th hole on my scorecard, and handed it in...— Eddie Pepperell (@PepperellEddie) March 5, 2020
Therefore this meant I was disqualified. Quite disappointing as I actually took the time to change the original error, only to make a costlier one myself. I asked the referee if this had any bearing on my disqualification but it didn’t...— Eddie Pepperell (@PepperellEddie) March 5, 2020
The rules are the rules and I 100% accept that, but I can’t help feeling that this particular way of disqualification is a fair distance away from common sense, and that’s also disappointing. I enjoyed the course however and hopefully next time I’ll do a better job— Eddie Pepperell (@PepperellEddie) March 5, 2020
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