Lucas Glover found humour in his own misfortune after an administrative error caused him to withdraw from the WM Phoenix Open.
Glover was in his hotel room on Thursday morning when an official called to inform him he had one minute to make his first-round tee time.
The 44-year-old quickly realised he had misread a text message on his phone leading to a huge mix-up.
He was subsequently replaced by Ryo Hisatsune who joined Nico Echavarria and Tom Hoge in the threesome.
Amid the disappointment and frustration, Glover was able to see the funny side of his error.
“I’m kicking myself but laughing at the same time,” he told Golf Channel.
Golfers missing tee times is a rare occurrence that almost happened to Rory McIlroy at the 2012 Ryder Cup, after seeing the times noted in US Eastern time during a broadcast despite being on US Central time.
Rules stipulate that players must tee off at the exact stipulated moment, not earlier, not later.
Teeing off any time within five minutes of that time incurs a two-stroke penalty; teeing off any later results in disqualification.
So Glover obviously knew it was unlikely he’d be able to get from his hotel room to the tee box in less than five minutes.
Glover was coming off a T58 at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am following an underwhelming start to the season.
The 2009 US Open champion has found success of late after clinching the Wyndham Championship and the FedEx St. Jude Championship in back-to-back weeks.
The victories helped propel Glover into the top 30 in the Official World Golf Rankings from a triple-digit rank.
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