U.S. Open: 16-year-old says he was disqualified at sectional after getting medicine, using bathroom

Andy Kostka, Golfweek
Published 2:35 p.m. ET June 6, 2019 | Updated 2:39 p.m. ET June 6, 2019

Right after Skyler Fox finished his opening round at Woodmont Country Club at the U.S. Open sectional Monday, the 16-year-old from Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, ran to his car.

After posting a 6-over 42 on the front nine on the North course in Rockville, Maryland, Fox began suffering from a headache around the 12 th hole. The pain persisted, and after he shot even par on the back nine of his first U.S. Open sectional, he said he bolted off the green, grabbed his medicine and used the bathroom.

By the time Fox – a junior who has won three Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League championships at Riverside High School – made his way to the scoreboard area to see where he stacked up, he saw an ‘NC’ next to his name, meaning he hadn’t delivered his scorecard. At the scorer’s table, he saw his swing coach, Sean Swidzinski, and father, Joe, arguing with a tournament official.

Fox was disqualified for breaching Rule 3.3b(2), according to a USGA spokesperson, which states a player must “promptly return” a scorecard to the scorer’s table upon the completion of a round….

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