Hatton was preparing to tap-in for par at the first extra hole when he noticed his ball had moved slightly after he had placed his putter behind it at Austin Country Club. Rules official Steve Carmen was watching on from nearby as Hatton was talking to his fellow competitors but by time he got to the green the damage had been done. "What happened was he placed his putter behind the ball and caused the ball to move and then he putted from the new position," Carmen told Golf Channel.
Mickelson finished group play in style at 3-0-0 on Friday with a 6&5 thumping of fellow American J.B. Holmes at Austin Country Club. Leishman also advanced to the knockout phase of the World Golf Championship event, but only barely, winning a three-way playoff with Englishman Lee Westwood and Pat Perez after they all finished with the same 2-1-0 record in their group. "(I'm) having a good week or so," Australian Leishman, who won the Arnold Palmer Invitational last Sunday, told Golf Channel.
Tiger Woods has long been accustomed to owning the sports headlines on the day after the Arnold Palmer Invitational concludes. Despite his absence, Woods still earned more Monday headlines than the API winner (Marc Leishman, in case you were wondering). Woods appeared on Good Morning America, where he claimed his first golf victory in almost four years, albeit in an impromptu putting contest with GMA host Michael Strahan.