Slow-play penalty costs Hideki Matsuyama over $143,000
Hideki Matsuyama nearly finished in a tie for third place at the British Open, but because of a penalty on Saturday he finished in a tie for sixth and lost a lot of money.
Hideki Matsuyama is 21 years old and just finished tied for sixth place at the 2013 British Open with a score of 2 over, winning $247,809 in the process.
Pretty cool, right?
Well, not really.
Matsuyama was charged with a one-stroke slow-play penalty late in Saturday's third round that ended up costing him $143,818.
There was a lot of controversy about the penalty, but without it Matsuyama would have finished in a tie for third with Adam Scott, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter and split the third-place-through-sixth-place prize money which would have netted each of them $391,627.
Instead he finished in a tie with Zach Johnson and Tiger Woods and each of them split the sixth-through-eighth-place money which was $247,809 each.
Usually in cases like this we say, "Oh, that putt cost him this much money." But in this case it wasn't anything Matsuyama did with his clubs but rather what the R&A did to him.
It was still probably his fault, but interesting to look at nonetheless.
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