Zac Blair disqualified from Wells Fargo Championship for using bent putter

ByBob Harig ESPN logo
Saturday, May 7, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Zac Blair, after hitting himself in the head with his putter and damaging it, was disqualified from the Wells Fargo Championship on Friday for using a non-conforming club.

The club didn't conform because it was out of form -- after Blair whacked himself in the head with it after missing a putt on the fifth green at Quail Hollow Golf Club.

Blair, 25, proceeded to use the club to putt out -- and then noticed that the putter was bent.

He approached a rules official on the sixth tee and explained the situation, which resulted in disqualification under Rule 4-3b because he holed out with the non-conforming club.

Blair could have tapped in with a wedge and played the rest of the round without a putter.

The Rules of Golf allow you to replace a damaged club during a round but not if the damage was done in anger.

Blair was 4 over par at the time and in danger of missing the 36-hole cut. He went to Twitter later to apologize, explaining his actions and taking responsibility.

He also poked fun at himself by posting a video of now-Champions Tour player Woody Austin, who once famously bent a putter in anger by hitting himself in the head.

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