Typically golfers could be penalized with out truly doing one thing mistaken.
That seems to be the case for Ryan Fox, a Kiwi golfer competing this week on the European Tour’s Italian Open.
Throughout Thursday’s first spherical, Fox encountered a brutal stroke of dangerous luck. On the Golf Membership Milano’s par-four eighth, Fox figured he would haven’t any drawback after his drive.
Solely, his ball was nowhere to be discovered. Following the spherical, Fox took to Twitter to vent his frustration that a fan had picked up his ball after that tee shot.
The excellent news is that whether it is recognized or nearly sure that a spectator picked up a ball, a participant can substitute it with no penalty.
As Fox’s tweet identified, although, he was value two photographs by this spectator, which might suggest it couldn’t be nearly or utterly proved that the ball had been picked up. Thus, he wouldn’t obtain this free drop.
He clarified that this was sadly the case.
Yep, Fox needed to declare his ball misplaced and re-tee beneath a one-stroke penalty. Primarily, he was value two photographs as a result of a spectator probably picked up his ball nevertheless it couldn’t be confirmed to the purpose of a free drop.
Once more, Fox actually couldn’t have achieved something about this. There’s little question, this can be a pure stroke of dangerous luck.
That is actually a reasonably easy drawback to keep away from … don’t randomly decide up a golf ball at a golf event! There’s truly a conspiracy Rory McIlroy was a sufferer of this act at this yr’s Open Championship, however Fox’s instance appears to be much more probably (and irritating).
Fox, who’s had a robust season on the European Tour as he sits twenty sixth within the Race to Dubai, nonetheless managed to open in 1-beneath 70 regardless of taking an unlucky double bogey at that gap.
He’s straddling the cutline heading into Friday. But when spectators can keep away from strolling off together with his golf balls, Fox might very make it to the weekend in Italy.
On the very least, he deserves some higher luck on Friday the thirteenth.