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Tour pro racks up 10 shot penalty before withdrawing at Palmetto Championship

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Looking to make his first cut on the PGA Tour in 5 years, Mark Hensby suffered an early exit at the Palmetto Championship after a ball mix up cost him 10 strokes in penalties.

The 49-year-old was 2-over for his round on Thursday through 8 holes when he noticed something odd about his golf ball. After finding the water on his fourth hole, Hensby took a drop; four holes later, he saw an unfamiliar dot on his Titleist ProV1.

Speaking to PGATour.com, Hensby explained

“I asked my caddie, ‘Hey what’s this dot on the ball? I’ve never noticed this before; did they do something with the new pro V1?’. And he didn’t know, so I asked my playing partners, and they were like, ‘That’s a low spin ball.’

Now I don’t use this ball, so there was a lot of confusion where it came from – none of my others had the dot – but we knew I had played the wrong ball.”

Under Model Local Rule G-4, Hensby was penalized 10 shots in total, 2 strokes for each hole he used the ball.

How did the ball get into his bag? Well, enter Pat Perez, who Hensby accidentally switched balls with while hitting putts on the practice green prior to the round.

“Somehow I picked up one of Pat’s balls and he ended up with one of mine. I only found this out because Titleist wanted to get to the bottom of it. I thought they had a wrong ball in the sleeve that I had. If you look at both balls it’s hard to know the difference.

It’s not like one is black and one is red. They’re both black, but one has a small dot on it, and one doesn’t. Unfortunately, I didn’t notice that. I’m glad he didn’t use mine.”

Hensby withdrew from the event following his unfortunate opening round saying “I knew my tournament was over.”

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. Bob

    Jun 16, 2021 at 10:05 am

    The rule should be hole by hole, a player must finish with a conforming ball he teed up with. Any other rule is excessive and dumb

  2. pi

    Jun 14, 2021 at 4:29 pm

    I don’t get it, do tour players have to tell what model ball they us before the comp starts? If he picked up tge ball at the practice range, put it in his pocket, it is effectively his ball now.

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You won’t believe how much money John Daly was offered to “tank” the Open

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Golf gambling is indubitably on the rise, yet how aware the actual players are of its mainstream integration has always been a fascinating topic.

Tour pros are certainly heckled all of the time by angry golf bettors, but rarely have we seen a situation where the stakes were this high.

Check out this video below to find out what John Daly was offered to tank the Open Championship. Spoiler alert, it happened in the year that he won the tournament, and makes you wonder what other offers have been made since…

Safe to say he made the right decision.

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Johnny Manziel’s golf journey continues at the upcoming Texas State Open

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Former Heisman winning quarterback and first-round NFL draft pick Johnny Manziel just accepted a sponsor’s exemption to play in the Higginbotham Texas State Open.

It’s a tournament that should have special meaning to Manziel, as it will be held at the Cascades Club in Tyler, Texas, where Manziel is originally from. This will be the former Cleveland Browns quarterback’s fourth start in this tournament. He has missed the cut in all three previous appearances.

Manziel has spoken openly about how incredibly committed he is to improving his golf game and competing at a high level. “I have been working hard on my game and I look forward to seeing how it stacks up against an incredibly strong field of professionals and amateurs. I grew up in Tyler and have played countless rounds at The Cascades Club.”

The tournament kicks off on July 27, and follows a standard 72-hole stroke play format. Tony Romo joins Manziel as another sponsor’s exemption, and both former NFL quarterbacks will be competing against 154 other professionals and amateurs for a purse of $200,000.

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The prank wars continue amongst hopeful European Ryder Cup teammates

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Wondering why chemistry is never an issue on European Ryder Cup teams? Ian Poulter and Henrik Stenson continued their long running prank war this week at the Open Championship.

The “feud” began at the 2020 DP World Tour Championship when Poulter stole Stenson’s car keys. Since then, laundry has been looted and cars have been vandalized.

A major championship was far from a valid excuse for the Ryder Cup teammates to go at it again. “At 4am this morning, I woke up to a stampede on my roof. It sounded like 14 pterodactyl dinosaurs on the roof.” Poulter remarked in a video posted to his twitter account.

Apparently, another Tour pro had seen Stenson walking over to Poulter’s RV late in the evening with tuna on a toasted slice a bread, thus attracting the birds. Stenson coyly responded, “They [birds] love tuna.”

While this feud might not evoke the same level of vitriol as the one between expected Ryder Cup teammates, Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau, it is every bit as fun.

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