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Strong start, then tremendous misfortune: David Duval cards a 13 after playing the wrong ball

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David Duval suffered a nightmare first round at Royal Portrush on Thursday, and during his opening nine, the 2001 Claret Jug winner recorded the highest score on a single hole at The Open for 69 years.

The 47-year-old came to the par-5 seventh hole having played his previous two holes five-over-par, but that was nothing compared to what Duval was about to experience.

Duval played the wrong ball on the seventh hole, and his entire play on the hole even managed to confuse the official scoreboard. The former Open Champion was initially credited with a triple-bogey eight on the par-5, which was then adjusted to a whopping 15, before being changed to a 13.

As you would expect, Twitter had plenty to say on the octuple bogey.

*Update*

Thursday afternoon, the R&A announced on The Open’s website that Duval’s score had again been adjusted from a 13 to a 14, stating

“The adjustment was made following an error in reviewing his score on the 7th hole. David lost his first two balls from the tee and then played a wrong ball for the third ball played from the tee. On discovering the mistake at the green he had to return to where the wrong ball was played but the correct ball could not be found. Therefore he had to play again from the tee for a fourth time under penalty of stroke and distance. He played six shots in completing the hole with the fourth ball from the tee. He incurred a two-shot penalty for playing the wrong ball but the strokes played with the wrong ball do not count in his score (Rule 6.3c).”

The correction results in Duval’s opening round becoming 91, 20-over-par.

 

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Gianni is a freelance writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Diploma in Sports Journalism. He can be contacted at gmagliocco@outlook.com. Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. Tim

    Jul 19, 2019 at 11:46 am

    Dear Lord – so glad I dropped twitter because there are to many twitter “Pro” golfers that want to provide their opinion which means nothing to anyone but themselves. I still bet David Duval would still beat any wishful golfer anyday of the week. He had a bad day with one really bad hole. That happens in golf.

  2. Caroline

    Jul 19, 2019 at 1:23 am

    David Duval has now replaced John Daly as the biggest JOKE out there….Daly has shown a lot of improvement the last 6 months….Duval should give him a call and ask him what he is doing…

  3. Mark

    Jul 18, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    “…. recorded the what was nearly score on a single hole ….”. Proof reading appears to be a lost art.

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