Luke Donald takes 2-stroke penalty after fan reports violation

Luke Donald bunker

Luke Donald took a two-stroke penalty during his first round at the Masters on Thursday after a fan reported a violation to a rules official.

The violation occurred on the ninth hole when Donald grounded his club while in a bunker. According to the rules, you are not allowed to touch the sand in a bunker for anything other than smoothing or cleaning, so grounding your club in frustration is a violation.

The violation was reported by a fan who was nearby Donald when he grounded his club in the bunker. The fan told Yahoo! Sports’ Jay Busbee that he did not set out to report the violation, but he and a friend struck up a conversation with a rules official they spotted. He mentioned what he saw Donald do, and that set the wheels in motion for Donald to be penalized.

Donald was informed of the violation after his round and did not dispute it. He signed his scorecard after being assessed the two-stroke penalty, which gave him a first-round score of 79.

Donald actually said after his round that he knew he had committed the violation and that he brought it up to Masters committee chairman Fred Ridley. He also tweeted about the penalty and called it a “dumb mistake.”

If this sounds familiar, it’s because Tiger Woods was busted last year when a fan also called in to report a violation he committed.

Luke Donald had incredible 102-hole bogey-free streak in Dubai

Luke Donald may not have won the Dubai World Championship this weekend, but he accomplished something that is well worth our attention.

Donald finished tied for third behind Justin Rose and tournament winner Rory McIlroy, but he extended his streak of bogey-free golf in Dubai to 102 straight holes.

Donald’s incredible streak began on the eighth hole of last year’s second round and extended until the third hole of Sunday’s final round this year. His streak included 69 pars and 33 birdies, per Golf Channel.

“It’s a statistic of which I’m very proud,” Donald told reporters after Saturday’s third round, at which point his streak had hit 100 holes. “I think my previous longest run would probably be about 40 or 50 holes, so that puts it in perspective.”

Golf Channel says that the last time a player finished a 72-hole PGA Tour tournament without a bogey was Lee Trevino at the Zurich Classic in 1974. Sadly, Donald was unable to make a run at tying Trevino.

Donald entered Sunday’s final round tied with McIlroy, but he fell behind by three strokes after another bogey on the 12th hole. He never challenged after that. Donald shot a 71, which was his highest score of the week, and ended up tied with Charl Schwartzel for third.

“All runs come to an end,” Donald said after the tournament.

His was one heck of a run.

H/T Lakeshore Dave