The LPGA invoked a rarely used rule Saturday so that four players would not be disqualified after the shuttle driving them to the Lorena Ochoa Invitational got lost en route to the Club de Golf Mexico.
The four players -- Carlota Ciganda, Suzann Pettersen, Angela Stanford and Minjee Lee -- left their hotel at 9:30 a.m. in a shuttle provided by the LPGA, according to the tour. But, due to the "unanticipated road closures and the alternate route in which that particular vehicle took," a ride that should have taken 15-20 minutes instead took two-plus hours.
Stanford tweeted about the journey.
Yeeaaahhhh about that tee time.... Not going to make it. pic.twitter.com/TnTdLnqbhG— Angela Stanford (@Angela_Stanford) November 14, 2015
2 hours and 15 min later we arrive. Thank u @LPGA for letting us play!— Angela Stanford (@Angela_Stanford) November 14, 2015
With the players running the risk of disqualification for missing their tee times, the LPGA notified the field that the final three groups would start play 53 minutes later than scheduled. It cited Decision 6-3a/1.5, in which "exceptional circumstances beyond the players' control" had occurred.
Lee, who led the tournament entering Saturday, ended up shooting a 3-over 75 and now finds herself seven shots behind leader Inbee Park.