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Paul Lawrie and Carl Mason have been disqualified from this week’s Farmfoods European Legends Links Championship – after playing each other’s ball by mistake.

Former Open champion Lawrie, making his third start on the Staysure Tour since turning 50 on New Year’s Day, and Mason, the leading career money winner on the seniors’ tour, made the mistake on the fifth hole of their opening round at Trevose Golf & Country Club but didn’t didn’t notice until the seventh tee.

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According to Rule 6.3, the penalty for playing the wrong ball in strokeplay is disqualification if the round has finished or a new hole has been started without the mistake having been corrected.

Lawrie later tweeted:

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It is the second peculiar disqualification on the pro tours in as many days.

Yesterday, Challenge Tour player Clement Berardo was disqualified from the Andalucia-Costa del Sol Match Play 9 after running out of balls.

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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