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I read with in­ter­est Mark O’Meara’s rec­ol­lec­tions of the in­ci­dent on the 6th hole in the 3rd round of the Birk­dale Open in 1998 in your Open is­sue.

I was stand­ing with two friends ad­ja­cent to Mark when he pushed his sec­ond shot right of the green. Mark says he spent three min­utes look­ing for it be­fore re­turn­ing to play an­other ball while leav­ing his cad­die to look...

Doesn’t re­ally sound like some­thing a pro golfer would do, does it? Three min­utes? Then go back? That’s be­cause it DID NOT hap­pen.

They were look­ing for the ball for at least five min­utes, if not more, be­fore he trudged de­ject­edly back to­wards us down the fair­way. When he reached the point to re­play the shot there was a fair amount of ker­fuf­fle at the side of the green where it tran­spired a woman had picked his ball up. He re­turned and was al­lowed to place the ball and play on.

To this day, we have no idea why that rul­ing was given but we can guar­an­tee it was WAY over the five mins when the ball was found. If there’s any real-time TV footage it will be there for all to see.

You can tell Mark is un­easy about it by the way he says we looked for three mins… Who on earth does that in a ma­jor!? Si­mon Goy, Southend

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