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Sunday, 3 February 2019

Fowler cops bizarre penalty at Phoenix Open


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American golfer Rickie Fowler was on the receiving end of a “colossally bad break” during the final round of the Phoenix Open, copping a bizarre penalty that cost him the lead of the $9.8m tournament.

The 30-year-old started the day with a four stroke lead, and had stretched the margin to five after 10 holes, seemingly on track for his fifth victory on the PGA Tour and a return to the top 10 in the world rankings.

But things went awry at the par-four 11th hole, even though the American took what seemed to be the safe option of laying up with his approach after his tee shot found the rough.

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Fowler’s third shot was a pitch that ran through the green, finding the water and forcing him to take a drop on the bank.

After placing the ball on the bank, Fowler walked up to the green to survey the shot, when the ball rolled into the water.

Despite the American being nowhere near the ball at the time it started rolling, it was deemed that the ball was in play and he was assessed another penalty to re-drop the ball.

“That is a colossally bad break,” was the call from the commentary team.

Fowler eventually made a five metre putt to salvage a triple bogey, dropping him to second place after South African Branden Grace made back-to-back birdies and Fowler bogeyed the 12th hole.

But a bogey for Grace at the 17th and two birdies for Fowler turned the momentum back in favour of the American, who was able to record a two shot victory.

https://twitter.com/PGATOURComms/status/1091777766855389185

In came on the weekend where organisers honoured the memory of Jarrod Lyle, the Australian golfer who passed away in August at the age of 36 after losing his battle with leukaemia.

Lyle’s golf bag and iconic yellow bucket hat were placed on the 16th tee, the site of one of the most memorable moments of his career.

In 2011 Lyle made a hole-in-one at the 16th, regarded as the wildest hole in golf where massive crowds gather in a stadium-like atmosphere.

Fowler was amongst the golfers to pay his respects to Lyle, touching the yellow hat as he made his way off the tee.

American golfer Rickie Fowler was on the receiving end of a “colossally bad break” during the final round of the Phoenix Open, copping a bizarre penalty that cost him the lead of the $9.8m tournament.

The 30-year-old started the day with a four stroke lead, and had stretched the margin to five after 10 holes, seemingly on track for his fifth victory on the PGA Tour and a return to the top 10 in the world rankings.

But things went awry at the par-four 11th hole, even though the American took what seemed to be the safe option of laying up with his approach after his tee shot found the rough.

https://twitter.com/BobEstesPGA/status/1092169282128097283

Fowler’s third shot was a pitch that ran through the green, finding the water and forcing him to take a drop on the bank.

After placing the ball on the bank, Fowler walked up to the green to survey the shot, when the ball rolled into the water.

Despite the American being nowhere near the ball at the time it started rolling, it was deemed that the ball was in play and he was assessed another penalty to re-drop the ball.

“That is a colossally bad break,” was the call from the commentary team.

Fowler eventually made a five metre putt to salvage a triple bogey, dropping him to second place after South African Branden Grace made back-to-back birdies and Fowler bogeyed the 12th hole.

But a bogey for Grace at the 17th and two birdies for Fowler turned the momentum back in favour of the American, who was able to record a two shot victory.

https://twitter.com/PGATOURComms/status/1091777766855389185

In came on the weekend where organisers honoured the memory of Jarrod Lyle, the Australian golfer who passed away in August at the age of 36 after losing his battle with leukaemia.

Lyle’s golf bag and iconic yellow bucket hat were placed on the 16th tee, the site of one of the most memorable moments of his career.

In 2011 Lyle made a hole-in-one at the 16th, regarded as the wildest hole in golf where massive crowds gather in a stadium-like atmosphere.

Fowler was amongst the golfers to pay his respects to Lyle, touching the yellow hat as he made his way off the tee.

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