• US PGA Championship

Austin docked four shots for 15th club

ESPN staff
August 9, 2013
Woody Austin was more meticulous with his bag inspecting when winning the Sanderson Farms Championship last month © Getty Images

American Woody Austin was handed a four-shot penalty in the second round of the US PGA Championship at Oak Hill after realising he had 15 clubs in his bag while on the third hole.

Austin, 49, fell foul of Rule 4-4 for exceeding the 14-club limit, incurring two strokes for each hole where the breach occurred, with a four-stroke limit. Austin added two shots to his score for the first and second holes.

A four-time winner on the PGA Tour, including at the Sanderson Farms Championship last month, Austin shot a first-round 69 but his penalty pushed him outside of the cutline and left him four-over on Friday early on the back nine.

Ian Woosnam is one of the more famous names to breach the 14-club rule. At the 2001 Open Championship, after birdieing the par-three first hole of the final round at Royal Lytham, Woosnam discovered on the second tee that he had an extra driver in his bag.

The extra club was angrily dispatched into some nearby bushes, as Woosnam ended up finishing four strokes behind winner David Duval.

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