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Luke Donald Was Assessed 2-Shot Penalty After Patron Noticed Violation

Luke Donald. (Getty Images)

Luke Donald. (Getty Images)

(CBS) If we’ve learned anything at the past couple Masters, it’s that golfers are under as much of a microscope as ever — from those watching on the course and at home.

A year after a viewer with experience as a golf rules official brought a faulty drop of Tigers Woods’ to everyone attention and led to a costly two-stroke penalty for the star, Luke Donald on Thursday was assessed a two-stroke penalty after a patron on the course noticed he violated the sport’s code following a bunker shot.

From Yahoo Sports:

Donald was penalized two strokes … for grounding his club while the ball was still in a bunker on the ninth hole. A spokesman for Augusta National, where the Masters is played, told Yahoo Sports that the penalty was reported by a patron to an official on the course.

The problem reportedly stemmed from Donald — a Northwestern product — grounding his club after he failed to get out of the bunker on his first attempt. He took a double-bogey on the hole before later being assessed the two-shot penalty prior to signing his scoreboard. The penalty turned his 77 into a 79.