Dustin Johnson was the first player to get penalized under the 2019-Rules of Golf.
Johnson played Sentry Tournament of Champions and on the fourth hole in the second round he played a ball from a native area, which he assumed was his. But is was not:
– Obviously it was my fault. The marshal had it marked, said it went in the hazard right there, and there was a ball right there and it was a TaylorMade. I could see the logo on the side, so I obviously just assumed it was mine, he stated according to PGA Tour.com.
Rule 6.3c(1) states that he incurred the “General Penalty” (for playing a wrong ball), which in stroke play is two penalty strokes. The stroke did not count, and he had to correct his error. Subsequently he found his own ball, and finished the hole, but had to post at double bogey 6, on his way to a 1-over 74.
Of course Dustin Johnson should have identified his ball before he played it (which by the way in 2019 not anymore needs to be announced to e.g. the fellow player), and he knew that:
– That won’t ever happen again. I can promise you that. It’s just bad luck, he stated according to PGA Tour.com.