A top Korean golf official resigned on Friday after a rules controversy at a domestic tournament saw penalties issued then rescinded, players threaten to withdraw, and all first-round scores at the KB Financial Star Championship scrubbed. The Korean Ladies Professional Golf Association (KLPGA) issued an apology over the incident and said it had arisen because it was difficult for players to distinguish between the green and the fringe at several holes on the Black Stone Golf Club in Ichon. Choi Hye-jin and Park You-na were hit with two-shot penalties following Thursday's opening round after marking their ball and picking it up, believing they were on the putting surface when in fact they were just off the green.
Legendary Texas golf coach George Hannon, one of the most successful coaches in the country who counted among his pupils major champions Ben Crenshaw and Tom Kite, died Thursday night. He was 93.