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Instead of playing at Pinehurst this week, Jason Millard will be at home with clear conscience

  • CORRECTS SPELLING TO MILLARD, NOT MALLARD - In this photo taken on May 31, 2011, and provided by Middle Tennessee State University, MTSU golfer Jason Millard tees off during the NCAA Divison 1 men's golf championship at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla. Millard could be at Pinehurst No. 2 this week, playing in his first major championship. But he wouldn't have been able to live with himself. So, about an hour into his drive to North Carolina, he pulled over to the side of the road, called up a USGA official, and disqualified himself for what may - or may not - have been a rules violation during qualifying. (AP Photo/MTSU, Zach Gray)

    CORRECTS SPELLING TO MILLARD, NOT MALLARD - In this photo taken on May 31, 2011, and provided by Middle Tennessee State University, MTSU golfer Jason Millard tees off during the NCAA Divison 1 men's golf championship at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla. Millard could be at Pinehurst No. 2 this week, playing in his first major championship. But he wouldn't have been able to live with himself. So, about an hour into his drive to North Carolina, he pulled over to the side of the road, called up a USGA official, and disqualified himself for what may - or may not - have been a rules violation during qualifying. (AP Photo/MTSU, Zach Gray)  (The Associated Press)

  • CORRECTS SPELLING TO MILLARD, NOT MALLARD - In this photo taken on June 2, 2011, and provided by Middle Tennessee State University, MTSU golfer Jason Millard tees off during the NCAA Divison 1 men's golf championship at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla. Millard could be at Pinehurst No. 2 this week, playing in his first major championship. But he wouldn't have been able to live with himself. So, about an hour into his drive to North Carolina, he pulled over to the side of the road, called up a USGA official, and disqualified himself for what may - or may not - have been a rules violation during qualifying. (AP Photo/MTSU, Zach Gray)

    CORRECTS SPELLING TO MILLARD, NOT MALLARD - In this photo taken on June 2, 2011, and provided by Middle Tennessee State University, MTSU golfer Jason Millard tees off during the NCAA Divison 1 men's golf championship at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla. Millard could be at Pinehurst No. 2 this week, playing in his first major championship. But he wouldn't have been able to live with himself. So, about an hour into his drive to North Carolina, he pulled over to the side of the road, called up a USGA official, and disqualified himself for what may - or may not - have been a rules violation during qualifying. (AP Photo/MTSU, Zach Gray)  (The Associated Press)

Jason Millard could've been playing the U.S. Open.

Instead, he'll be watching from home with a clear conscience.

Millard initially qualified for a spot at Pinehurst No. 2, but he pulled himself out last weekend over a possible rules violation. He may — or may not — have grounded his club in the sand while hitting a bunker shot during sectional qualifying at Memphis, Tennessee.

Millard actually started driving toward Pinehurst before pulling over at a convenience store, calling up the U.S. Golf Association and disqualifying himself from the tournament.

It was a gut-wrenching decision, but one that Millard felt he had to make. In golf, the players are largely responsible for policing themselves. Millard isn't sure he did anything wrong, but he didn't want to take a chance.