Ben Crane assessed 8 strokes of penalty for having training 'stickers' on his clubs ..

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Scott Rushing
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Ben Crane assessed 8 strokes of penalty for having training 'stickers' on his clubs ..

Ben Crane was assessed an eight-stroke penalty Thursday in the first round of the Tour's Albertsons Boise Open for having two clubs with "shot-sticker" decals in his bag.

According to's T.J. Auclair, Crane reported the first violation to officials after finishing the first hole, resulting in two two-stroke penalties for having the club in his bag between holes 10 and 11.

He informed the officials of the second non-conforming club while on the 14th hole, incurring another pair of two-shot punishments, the maximum penalty allowed under USGA rule 4-2 for each club, according to Auclair.  

With the penalties factored in, Crane shot a five-over 76 on the day.

Following the round, Crane posted two tweets regarding the situation: "Had a new 'that's golf' moment today. Was penalized 8 shots for having tiny stickers on two clubs (help launch monitors collect data). ... Tournament golf is pretty challenging but it's REALLY difficult when you've accumulated 12 strokes before hitting your second tee shot."

Per ESPN.con's Bob Harig, Crane had no hard feelings against those who made the decision: "The rules staff did a great job and tried just to make it a four-shot penalty, but the rule stands. Eight-shot penalty. It's a bummer, but it's the rules."

The stickers on Crane's clubs were used in training to provide swing data. In the rules, however, it is stated that a sticker on a clubface represents an attachment, which is illegal.

While the 41-year-old Crane is a PGA Tour veteran, he lost his PGA Tour card after finishing 147th in the FedEx Cup standings.

If the five-time PGA Tour tournament winner can finish in the top 25 cumulatively over the course of a four-tournament stretch on the Tour, though, he will regain his card.

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Another fine example of why

Another fine example of why the ruling bodies will never see another dollar of my money.  I doubt that launch monitor stickers are in the spirit of the rule when it was written with the idea of being an attatchment, but that doesn't stop the rules Nazis from having their day.  The more interesting question is why didn't Crane remove the stickers if he knew he was in violation?  Almost sounds like a deliberate attempt to sabotage his chances.  Maybe he doesn't want to compete anymore, but the wording in his contracts obligates him to going through this process until all avenues have been exhausted.

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My guess is he expected his

My guess is he expected his caddie had removed them...I think it was probably noticed when he went to use those clubs..but after the first one was discovered I'd have looked at ALL of them so as to avoid another penalty.

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I know I can NOT have

I know I can NOT have stickers on the face of my clubs, so  you have to believe that a PGA tour pro knows as much as I do about this issue. Didn't he or his caddy "Clean" the clubs before the start of his round? I would think that cleaning the clubs is part of the daily process a golfer goes through before every tournement round. so why didn't someone notice the stickers when the clubs were cleaned? 


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