OH, THE RULES OF GOLF!!
Web.comWeb Tour player MatthewMatt Southgate experiencedexpe something on thet 15th hole at the DAP Championship on SundaySun that no golfer should ever experience. At 1 over through 14 holes, Southgate faced a short birdie putt at the 15th hole.
Southgate struck the ball well when, suddenly, a leaf blew on the green and sent Southgate's ball off its line to the hole.
Southgate looked in disbelief and from there, a frustrated Southgate tapped in for a par, or so he thought!
Instead, Southgate breached the Rules of Golf, as defined in Rule 19 which states:
If a player's ball in motion after a stroke on the putting green is deflected or stopped by, or comes to rest in or on, any moving or animate outside agency, except a worm, insect or the like, the stroke is cancelled. The ball must be replaced and replayed.
Southgate did not replay the shot from its original spot, resulting in a twostroke penalty.
To make matters worse, Southgate signed for a 7-over 77 when the round was complete. Since he hadn't applied the twostroke penalty from that dreaded 15th hole, he had to add two more strokes to the hole for signing for an incorrect score. Instead of what he believed to be a par, Southgate actually made a quadruple-bogey 8 at the hole.