Cameron Tringale confesses to a PGA error and loses more than $50,000 as a result. Today's shocking headlines prove that the 26-year-old American professional golfer is a man of honor who puts honesty above money.
Tringale confessed to the error by phoning the PGA Tour office and asking to be disqualified from the 2014 PGA Championship. The reason was a previously undetected incorrect scorecard. According to Bleacher Report, the California born and raised athlete said he thinks he missed a stroke when attempting to tap in on the 11th hole on Sunday. The scorecard failed to reflect the missed stroke.
Despite the apparent error on the scorecard, the Georgia Tech graduate signed it. PGA rules stipulate that a player who signs an incorrect scorecard must be disqualified. Therefore Cameron Tringale's confession directly led to his disqualification. With that disqualification came a loss in prize money, $53,000 to be precise.
Thanks to the scorecard oversight, the golfer claimed he felt guilty all week. After having time to mull it over, Cameron Tringale confessed. He released a statement about the incident, explaining his decision.
"Realising [sic] that there could be the slightest doubt that the swing over the ball should have been recorded as a stroke, I spoke with the PGA of America and shared with them my conclusion that the stroke should have been recorded."
How much is $53,000 to a man like Cameron Tringale? According to the PGA Tour website, he is ranked 253 this week. Last week, he was ranked 256. His career earnings through PGA Championship, Aug 10, 2014 are $5,208,341. That makes 50K seem like a drop in the bucket by comparison.
Even with total earnings of $5,208,341, Tringale is a pauper compared to the man at the top of the list. Tiger Woods's career earnings are a whopping $109,612,414. Phil Mickelson is in second place with $75,260,366, and Vijay Singh is in third place with $68,520,532.
Jim Furyk, Ernie Els, Davis Love III, Steve Stricker, David Toms, Sergio Garcia and Adam Scott round out the top ten earners on the list.
Thanks to his confession, Cameron Tringale can celebrate his 27th birthday with a clear conscience on Aug. 27, 2014.
What do you think about Cameron Tringale's confession? Would you have done the same thing if you were in his golf shoes?