Died: Alice Dye, who was known as the first lady of golf architecture and the longtime business partner to her husband, Pete Dye, on Feb. 1 in Gulf Stream, Fla. She was 91. Dye was the first female member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects and later the society’s first female president. Some of the Dyes’ most notable designs are Crooked Stick in Carmel, Ind.; Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head Island, S.C.; the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island (S.C.); the Straits Course at Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wis.; and the Teeth of the Dog Course at Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic. She was the inspiration behind the 17th-hole island green at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Dye was an accomplished amateur golfer, as well, having won two U.S. Senior Women’s Amateurs (1978 and 1979) and 12 state-amateur titles (nine in Indiana, three in Florida).
Reversed: A two-stroke penalty on Denny McCarthy, who was deemed to have violated a new rule that prohibits caddies from lining up their players before they hit a shot, the PGA Tour said. During the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Friday, McCarthy was deemed to have broken Rule 10.2b(4) when caddie Derek Smith stood behind McCarthy as the player took a few practice strokes. A similar situation occurred Saturday with Justin Thomas. The Tour consulted with golf’s governing bodies, the USGA and R&A, and took the highly unusual step of reversing the penalty. McCarthy’s original 6-under 65 was restored, and he ultimately tied for 33rd. The USGA and R&A released a statement in which they said, in part, that the organizations “will provide the necessary clarifications in the coming days.”
Awarded: Honorary life membership in the European Tour, Patrick Reed, after his victory in the 2018 Masters. Reed, 28, is only the fourth American to be granted the honor, joining Jack Nicklaus, the late Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson. Reed was presented the honor by Keith Pelley, the European Tour’s chief executive, at the Saudi International, which was Reed’s second appearance this season on the tour.