Memory Lane

PGA Tour winner shares old 'cheating' story that resulted in him refusing to sign playing partner's scorecard

July 26, 2023

Cheating in professional golf isn't prevalent, but it certainly happens from time to time as we were reminded by what took place at last week's PGA Tour Canada event. Heck, we did (Plug alert!) an entire Local Knowledge podcast on it last year:

But before you listen to that, let's talk about an old story that one PGA Tour winner shared on Wednesday. If you're not following Michael Kim on Twitter (or whatever it's called these days), you're doing it wrong. The guy has a good sense of humor like his former Cal teammate Max Homa, he offers helpful swing tips, and even great course scouting reports. But this may have been Michael's most interesting tweet yet.

Inspired by that PGA Tour Canada story (OK, so "inspired" is the wrong word), Kim revealed "the closest thing to cheating I personally dealt with" during his decade-long pro career. It involves a long on-course debate, a (very) questionable drop, and resulted in Kim refusing to sign his playing partner's scorecard. Check it out:

Talk about awkward. That's a tough spot to be in. Especially knowing you're going to get the same check as the guy who you believe blatantly broke the rules.

As you can see, Kim didn't name any names, but the handle Shot Pattern quickly identified the hole this incident occurred on. And it just happens to be at the course (The Glen Club) hosting this week's NV5 Invitational presented by Old National Bank on the Korn Ferry Tour. A tournament in which Kim happened to finish tied for 23rd (emphasis on "tied") last year, in case you want to do some amateur sleuthing . . .

Anyway, Kim, the winner of the 2018 John Deere Classic, is back to playing on the PGA Tour this season and is in the field at this week's 3M Open. And we're wishing him the best—both with his play and his playing partner interactions. Hey, there are a lot of water hazards at TPC Twin Cities.