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New Zealand golfer Danny Lee has been disqualified at the John Deere Classic in Illinois.
Reports indicated the 27-year-old switched his style of golf balls at some stage during the second round of the PGA Tour event on Friday (Saturday NZ time) at the TPC Deere Run course in Silvis.
Lee was understood to have self-reported the rules breach.
He was disqualified, but was never going to make cut anyway. He was one over par after rounds of 70 and 73.
READ MORE: Lee gives away putter
It made for a bad seven days on the PGA Tour for Lee.
The Kiwi golfer was clearly frustrated after a woeful day with the flat-stick consigned him to a missed cut at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Spring, West Virginia last week.
As Lee walked off the 18th green, he stunned a young fan, who was waiting by the ropes hoping for a used golf ball, by handing over his state of the art Odyssey putter.
“Are you sure?” the surprised youngster asked Lee.
Lee’s caddie later gave the boy the putter cover, saying: “Bud, you’re going to need this too”.