Alex Cejka disqualified for using illegal putting green map in Honda Classic

Hi all.

Alex Cejka was disqualified in Honda Classic a week ago.

The reason? He used an illegal putting green map – i.e. a book containing some information about slope etc.

Interpretation 4.3a/1 states this:

The player is allowed to use a putting green map or other putting green information, except that:

  1. Any image of a putting green must be limited to a scale of 3/8 inch to 5 yards (1:480) or smaller (the “scale limit”).
  2. Any book or other paper containing a map or image of a putting green must not be larger than 4 1/4 inches x 7 inches (the “size limit”), although a “hole location sheet” that displays 9 or more holes on a single sheet of paper may be larger, provided that any image of a single putting green meets the scale limit.
  3. No magnification of putting green information is allowed other than a player’s normal wearing of prescription glasses or lenses.
  4. Hand drawn or written information about a putting green is only allowed if contained in a book or paper meeting the size limit and written by the player and/or his or her caddie.

Apparently Cejka was in breach of no. 1.

According to GolfWeek. com’s website, Rules Official Robby Ware said this:

– It was brought to the committee’s attention that Alex might possibly be using some old greens reading materials, and so we were obligated to check that out. Alex was basically using an old yardage book and old greens reading materials that did not fit the size to scale limit.

You can see a discussion about the disqualification below (from Golf. com’s website):


  1. Anonymous says

    In the old days reading the greens was one of the skills needed to score well. Now there are topographical “maps” that significantly reduce the need for that green reading skill.
    Let’s return to the days when that skill was a critical part of the game. Get rid of those crutches.

  2. Michele says

    If you can read a topographical map, fire ahead. It’s just as challenging as reading the green.

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