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Rickie Fowler missed the cut at The Players thanks in no small part to a palm tree

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Rickie Fowler opened his Players Championship with a two-over 74. He would have needed a three-under 69, Friday, to make the cut. The Oklahoma State alum looked well on his way to achieving that goal, until a palm tree got in the way.

Fowler was five under for his round when he got to the sixth hole (his 15th of the day). His tee shot sailed right, and when he arrived on scene to look for his ball, he realized he was in a bit of trouble.

Fowler’s ball was lodged in the fronds of a palm tree high overhead. And while fans saw the ball land in the tree, per Rule 28-11, Fowler had to be able to identify his ball. But, even with a binocular-aided view of the ball, he couldn’t see any identifying markings.

“Unfortunately the part of the ball that was showing was just all the white and dimples,” Fowler said.

As he couldn’t identify the ball, Fowler had to return to the tee to play his third shot. Had he been able to determine the ball was his, Fowler could have dropped within two club lengths of the base of the tree.

Ultimately, Fowler doubled the hole. He made matters worse at the seventh, going wide left with his tee shot and finding the water.

Four over across the two-hole stretch, Fowler went from three under for the tournament to one over, missing the cut accordingly.

Needless to say, Fowler wasn’t exactly loving the Rules of Golf after his round.

“I mean, if a ball happens to hit something and go into a hazard, it’s not like you have to go identify the ball inside the hazard or in the water. It’s, ‘Hey, we saw it go right here…so, I mean it was pretty clear that the ball was there, that was where everybody saw it go and heard it go. But not the case with that one.”

Curiously, while Fowler won The Players in 2015 and tied for second in 2012, he has never finished better than tied for 60th in his other starts.

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  1. Bob Parson Jr.

    May 12, 2018 at 9:04 am

    Once again, the rules of golf making a mockery of the game. I guess we will need scuba divers at golf courses to identify balls at some point in the near future.

  2. sid

    May 12, 2018 at 7:05 am

    Rattled by a palm tree frond and then defeated by water…. great course design.

  3. Man

    May 11, 2018 at 7:19 pm

    He makes a great point.

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Photos from the 2021 RSM Classic

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If we’ve used the “buffet” analogy one too many times in describing our collection of tour photos from this event or that, forgive us, but we have a full-fledged smorgasbord for you from the RSM Classic this week.

We have shots of Justin Rose testing a new driver (Titleist). We have a first look at Odyssey’s resurrection of the vaunted Tri Hot line. We have nine general galleries and — dramatic pause — 20 in-hand WITB galleries.

You didn’t come here to read an introduction — proceed directly to the tour equipment photo extravaganza, below.

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Photos from the 2021 Hewlett Packard Enterprise Houston Open

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The PGA Tour arrives in the Lone Star State this week for the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Houston Open at Memorial Park Golf Course.

Even with the year winding down and a general shift to a lower gear, there’s still plenty to digest on the equipment front — and WITBs. A ton of WITBs!

This week, we have WITB looks including the likes of Pat Perez and Tony Finau as well as seven general galleries from Memorial Park.

Dig in, below.

One of Marc Leishman’s Callaway Jaws MD5 wedges.

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Interesting photos from the 2021 Portugal Masters

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Thanks to our friends at @SMS_on_Tour for sending along some shots from the Portugal Masters, not surprisingly contested in Vilamoura, Portugal, at the Victoria Club de Golfe where Thomas Pieters secured a two-stroke victory (see Pieters’ WITB here).

In addition to in-hand WITB photos, we have behind-the-scenes goodies and even a look at the tour trucks in position to service the needs of the European Tour’s staffers.

Let’s take a look at some interesting photos! (Robert Rock’s motley iron arrangement is the featured image).

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