Pro Accuses Playing Partner Of Cheating

Shortly after the completion of the final round of the Quicken Loans National, PGA Tour pro Joel Dahmen took to social media to air out his playing partner, Sung Kang, for what he labeled as cheating. 


A fan asked about a bizarre situation on the par-5 10th hole in which Ben Crane and Ryan Palmer played through the Dahmen and Kang pairing as they argued over a ruling. Kang pulled his 247-yard approach into the creek that runs along the left side of the hole. Dahmen was adamant that Kang’s ball last crossed the hazard much farther back than Kang was claiming.

The argument resulted in a rules official siding with Kang, allowing him to drop 35 yards from the hole where he was able to get up and down for par. 


“Kang cheated,” Dahmen wrote. “He took a bad drop from a hazard. I argued until I was blue. I lost. 

“It was a typical dispute about where or if it crossed the hazard. It clearly did not cross the hazard. We went back and forth for 25 minutes and he ended up dropping closer to the green.”

Asked why he would sign Kang’s card at the end of the round, Dahmen explained that the ruling had been made and that further argument would have simply “delayed the inevitable.”

Kang would go on to shoot a final-round 6-under par 64 to finish in third place, cash a $482,800 check and earn a spot in this month’s Open Championship as one of the top finishers not already exempt into the third major of the season. 

Dahmen shot a final-round 1- over par 71 and finished in a tie for 23rd.