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ICYMI: Sergio Garcia’s 30-minute ruling fiasco explained



While you were watching football and keeping an eye on the PGA Tour leaderboard as Marc Leishman romped to the BMW Championship win, you may have missed an extremely curious occurrence.

The short story is Sergio Garcia made an improbable par save at the par-5 18th hole at Conway Farms to slide into the top 30 and the FedEx Cup points standings and earn a spot in the Tour Championship.

The long story is long…like 30 minutes long. The Spaniard hit his approach shot into a hazard. After considering his options, Garcia consulted with rules official Stephen Cox. He then took two drops that resulted in the ball ending up closer to the hole, so he placed it on his third attempt.

“I knew if I got good contact on it, it would pop up and probably go in the grandstand behind the green,” Garcia said of his eventual third shot. “We started looking at that.”

Golf Channel’s Will Gray wrote about the logic of the ruled that allowed Garcia to drop

“While Rule 24-2 does not allow a player to take relief from a movable obstruction when in a hazard, Cox explained that the temporary nature of the obstruction made Garcia eligible to receive a free drop, provided he remained inside the hazard.

““(If) the player’s ball lies in a water hazard, he would not get relief from an immovable obstruction for like a sprinkler head,” Cox said. “We have very large structures which are situated very close to the water hazard which ordinarily wouldn’t be there, so the rules allow a player to get relief when his ball lies in a water hazard.””

After what amounted to perching his ball on a de facto rock tee, Garcia pitched a hot one over the green that ricocheted off the grandstands. He got up and down from par from where his ball ended up in the green-skirting rough.

“Because the grandstands are there, and the rules are there, I was able to take relief from it and it kind of worked out well for me,” Garcia said.

Indeed, it did. This isn’t quite as dubious as the Ballad of Charley Hoffman, Branden Grace and the Bunker Lining, but it’s, shall we say, a savvy application of the Rules of Golf.

Here’s a (mercifully condensed) video of the drama.

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  1. 2putttom

    Sep 20, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    impatient tikes all over the place.

  2. Chuck

    Sep 20, 2017 at 7:52 am

    I didn’t have a chance to watch a lot of the BMW; but I did watch this incident and I thought it was fascinating. I wish that the announcers spent less time laughing about and apologizing for the delay, and spent more time describing what the Rules were and how Garcia was utilizing them.

    • RMF

      Sep 20, 2017 at 8:04 am

      the problem is they do not know the rules that are being discussed

  3. nyguy

    Sep 19, 2017 at 8:43 am

    funny, we didn’t see any articles complaining about jordan spieth’s 30 min decision in the open.

    • RMF

      Sep 20, 2017 at 8:08 am

      I actually had a huge issue with Spieth’s ruling, not the decision itself it was the fact that the rules official told Spieth where to drop the ball in order to gain the the free drop on the side he wanted. once he took the unplayable the rules official should of offered no further advice until the ball the dropped then advised him of his options.

      I have been surprised very few people haven’t discussed it further

      • Mat

        Sep 21, 2017 at 2:31 am

        Discussing rules is legal, including potential outcomes.

  4. ABM

    Sep 18, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    It should be 1 stroke penalty per 5 minutes of time spend on every ruling

  5. Dat

    Sep 18, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    I’d rather watch paint dry than a rules incident on the tour. Something must be done about these kinds of things.

  6. asugrad1988

    Sep 18, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    This is why I record every golf tournament so I can fast forward through stuff like this and I don’t have to watch the commercials either.

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Bryson: ‘If Brooks keeps talking about me, that’s great for the PIP fund’



The Bryson DeChambeau-Brooks Koepka feud further escalated over the weekend, with Bryson suffering taunts of ‘Brooksy’ at the Memorial Tournament, much to the satisfcation of his rival.

Reports from Muirfield Village suggested that security were throwing out spectators who were shouting ‘Brooksy’ at DeChambeau, with the taunting captured on camera below.


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The news opened the floodgates for discussion on social media, with Koepka himself getting involved, posting a video showing his delight, even rewarding the fans who were removed from the course with free beer.

Speaking on the issue of fans shouting ‘Brooksy’ at him during events, Bryson explained that he’s happy to take the high road and allow security to do their job.

“I think that’s something that the Tour needs to handle. It’s something I can’t control. I tried to take the high road numerous times and I think that, from my perspective, I’ll continue to keep doing so and people are going to do what they want to do. So it is what it is.”

The 27-year-old also revealed that he believes that the sport is evolving and that due to the Tour’s new Player Impact Program, the more he is mentioned by his rival Koepka, the more he may benefit.

“From an integrity standpoint and an honour of the game standpoint, the game has always been played in a certain way. I think golf is changing, it’s evolving, so there’s going to come a time where it is going to be like this and if I’m the person to take the brunt of it and whatever, you know, great. 

I’m happy that there’s more conversations about me because of the PIP Fund. From my perspective, if he keeps talking about me, that’s great for the PIP Fund.”

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How much each player won at the 2021 Women’s U.S. Open



Yuka Saso triumphed on a wild Sunday at Olympic Club, seeing off Nasa Hataoka in a playoff after a heartbreaking collapse from Lexi Thompson left the door open.

Along with her first major championship, Saso takes home over a million dollars in prize money, with Hataoka collecting the runner-up’s check for $594,000.

With a total prize purse of $3 million up for grabs, here’s a look at how much each player won at the 2021 Women’s U.S. Open.

1: Yuka Saso, -4, $1,000,000

2: Nasa Hataoka, -4, $594,000

3: Lexi Thompson, -3, $380,572

T4: Megan Khang, -2, $245,394

T4: Shanshan Feng, -2, $245,394

6: Angel Yin, E, $197,751

T7: Xiyu Lin, +1, $147,265

T7: Jin Young Ko, +1, $147,265

T7: Ariya Jutanugarn, +1, $147,265

T7: Brooke Henderson, +1, $147,265

T7: Inbee Park, +1, $147,265

T12: Amy Olson, +2, $108,180

T12: Jeongeun Lee6, +2, $108,180

T14: Celine Herbin, +3, $96,319

T14: Megha Ganne, +3, amateur

T16: Alison Lee, +4,$84,066

T16,Sei Young Kim, +4,$84,066

T16,Lucy Li, +4,$84,066

T16,Maja Stark., +4, amateur

T20: Madelene Sagstrom, +5, $72,197

T20: Hyojoo Kim, +5, $72,197

22: So Yeon Ryu, +6, $65,304

T23: Lizette Salas, +7, $57,416

T23: Emily Kristine Pedersen, +7, $57,416

T23: Jenny Shin, +7, $57,416

T26: Patty Tavatanakit, +8, $45,819

T26: Jennifer Kupcho, +8, $45,819

T26: In-Kyung Kim, +8, $45,819

T26: Marina Alex, +8, $45,819

T30: Jessica Korda, +9, $36,988

T30: Mina Harigae, +9, $36,988

T30: Matilda Castren, +9, $36,988

T30: Wichanee Meechai, +9, $36,988

T30: Lauren Stephenson, +9, $36,988

T35: Danielle Kang, +10, $29,074

T35: Jasmine Suwannapura, +10, $29,074

T35: Maria Parra, +10, $29,074

T35: Lydia Ko, +10, $29,074

T35: Rachel Heck, +10, Amateur

T35: Celine Boutier, +10, $29,074

T41: In Gee Chun, +11, $23,089

T41: Ally Ewing, +11, $23,089

T41: Ayako Uehara, +11, $23,089

T41: Stacy Lewis, +11, $23,089

T41: Gaby Lopez, +11, $23,089

T46: Mel Reid, +12, $18,494

T46: Brittany Altomare, +12, $18,494

T46: Yu Liu, +12, $18,494

T49: Leonie Harm, +13, $14,554

T49: Jenny Coleman, +13, $14,554

T49: Pernilla Lindberg, +13, $14,554

T49: Anna Nordqvist, +13, $14,554

T49: Carlota Ciganda, +13, $14,554

T54: Amy Yang, +14, $12,540

T54: Na Yeon Choi, +14, $12,540

T54: Minjee Lee, +14, $12,540

T57: Sarah Burnham, +15, $12,004

T57: Muni He, +15, $12,004

T57: Luna Sobron Galmes, +15, $12,004

T57: Austin Ernst, +15, $12,004

61: Giulia Molinaro,+16, $11,716

T62: Pajaree Anannarukarn, +17, $11,545

T62: Hannah Green, +17, $11,545

T64: Yealimi Noh, +18, $11,307

T64: Lee-Anne Pace,+18, $11,307

66: Gurleen Kaur, +21, Amateur

Players who miss the cut collect $4k.

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How much each player won at the 2021 Memorial Tournament



Patrick Cantlay won the Memorial Tournament in dramatic fashion, seeing off Collin Morikawa in a playoff to capture the title and the winner’s check worth $1,674,000.

Morikawa missed a short putt to extend the playoff, but his solo runner-up finish earns the 24-year-old a payday of $1,013,700.

With a total prize purse of $9.3 million up for grabs, here’s a look at how much each player won at the 2021 Memorial Tournament.

1: Patrick Cantlay, -13, $1,674,000

2: Collin Morikawa, -13, $1,013,700

3: Scottie Scheffler, -11, $641,700

4: Brendan Grace, -10, $455,700

5: Patrick Reed, -8, $381,300

T6: Max Homa, 282/-6, $313,875

T6: Shane Lowry, 282/-6, $313,875

T6: Jimmy Walker, 282/-6, $313,875

T9: Si Woo Kim, 283/-5, $262,725

T9: Aaron Wise, 283/-5, $262,725

T11: Rickie Fowler, 284/-4, $225,525

T11: Xander Schauffele, 284/-4, $225,525

T13: Bo Hoag, 285/-3, $182,125

T13: Alex Noren, 285/-3, $182,125

T13: Kevin Streelman, 285/-3, $182,125

T16: Carlos Ortiz, 286/-2, $155,775

T16: Adam Scott, 286/-2, $155,775

T18: Bryson DeChambeau, 287/-1, $110,670

T18: Talor Gooch, 287/-1, $110,670

T18: Lucas Herbert, 287/-1, $110,670

T18: Rory McIlroy, 287/-1, $110,670

T18: Louis Oosthuizen, 287/-1, $110,670

T18: Antoine Rozner, 287/-1, $110,670

T18: Jordan Spieth, 287/-1, $110,670

T18: Vaughn Taylor, 287/-1, $110,670

T26: Jim Herman, 288/E, $67,890

T26: Chris Kirk, 288/E, $67,890

T26: Adam Long, 288/E, $67,890

T26: Cameron Tringale, 288/E, $67,890

T26: Danny Willett, 288/E, $67,890

T26: Xinjun Zhang, 288/E, $67,890

T32: Joel Dahmen, 289/+1, $53,103

T32: Tony Finau, 289/+1, $53,103

T32: Sung Kang, 289/+1, $53,103

T32: Robby Shelton, 289/+1, $53,103

T32: Sahith Theegala, 289/+1, $53,103

T37: Christiaan Bezuidenhout, 290/+2, $42,315

T37: Rafa Cabrera Bello, 290/+2, $42,315

T37: Jason Dufner, 290/+2, $42,315

T37: Lucas Glover, 290/+2, $42,315

T37: Brendan Steele, 290/+2, $42,315

T42: Mark Hubbard, 291/+3, $33,015

T42: Doc Redman, 291/+3, $33,015

T42: Kyle Stanley, 291/+3, $33,015

T42: Nick Taylor, 291/+3, $33,015

T42: Justin Thomas, 291/+3, $33,015

T47: Stewart Cink, 292/+4, $26,009

T47: Viktor Hovland, 292/+4, $26,009

T47: Harold Varner III, 292/+4, $26,009

T50: Sam Burns, 293/+5, $23,343

T50: Brandon Hagy, 293/+5, $23,343

T50: Troy Merritt, 293/+5, $23,343

T53: Corey Conners, 294/+6, $21,994.50

T53: Martin Laird, 294/+6, $21,994.50

T53: Charl Schwartzel, 294/+6, $21,994.50

T53: Brendon Todd, 294/+6, $21,994.50

T57: Charley Hoffman, 295/+7, $21,111

T57: Russell Knox, 295/+7, $21,111

T57: Marc Leishman, 295/+7, $21,111

T57: C.T. Pan, 295/+7, $21,111

T57: Tyler Strafaci, 295/+7, $21,111

T62: Hideki Matsuyama, 296/+8, $20,460

T62: Hudson Swafford, 296/+8, $20,460

64: Michael Thompson, 297/+9, $20,181

T65: K.H. Lee, 298/+10, $19,902

T65: J.T. Poston, 298/+10, $19,902

67: Billy Horschel, 301/+13, $19,623

68: Harry Higgs, 305/+17, $19,437


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