PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Keegan Bradley got screwed, plain and simple.
Bradley played one of the best rounds of the day in the tough weather conditions on Saturday and shot 71, except 71 should have been a 69.
He was penalized two strokes when he marked his ball but left the ball on the green, it moved and he did not replace it. One of the many ridiculous rules of golf that should be changed.
Facing a 70-foot eagle putt on the 16th hole, Bradley scored his ball. A gust of wind moved the ball but not the marker. After he came to rest, Bradley recovered the ball and placed it in front of his original mark.
But according to a provision in Rule 13.1 D, Bradley was supposed to play from the ball’s new location after the gust of wind. It cost him the two-stroke penalty, and he putted three putts and was left with a double bogey seven.
“I guarantee you most of the entire court thought the USGA changed the rule to make it simpler – lay your piece down, that’s where your ball is,” Bradley said. “So put my piece down, the ball moved, a huge gust of wind kicked up. I looked at the guys in my group and we all said, “Yeah, the coin fell first, it’s fine.”
“[I] didn’t think about it until [the rules official] came to talk to me at number 2. [I’m] proud of how i handled this because it was tough news, especially with tough holes ahead of me. ”
Bradley called the round “one of my best rounds of my life”.
“It’s as difficult as the golf you’re never going to play,” he said. “This is a course you want to play under no [adverse] conditions due to the force of the shots. And playing in that wind, playing like that, it was a really, really special ride.
Usually on tough days like Saturday you hear players complaining about the lay of the course. Last week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, for example, there were a lot of complaints about the tough set-up at Bay Hill.
On Saturday, after a brutal day of rain and wind, players praised the PGA Tour for the fair way the course is set up.
“I will say this: All tours should consult with the PGA Tour on how to set up golf courses,” Chesson Hadley said. “They are doing an absolutely amazing job, and they did it today. I think the Tour did a great job of setting it up. ”
When asked if it was unfair, Rory McIlroy replied: ‘No it’s not because it was so sweet. It was good. The ball remained. Very difficult conditions, but it was fair.
Sam Ryder said: “I think that’s fair enough. They’ve moved a few tees around, so it’s a little more manageable.
Cameron Young, the PGA Tour rookie from Scarborough who plays at Sleepy Hollow, will miss the cup for his first Players Championship after shooting 71-77 and 4 over par. The cup is tied heading into the end of the second round on Sunday.
Several players were asked what they thought a 10 handicap would have shot under Saturday’s conditions.
“They would be lucky to finish,” Kevin Kisner said. “On the 17th, you could be there all day.”
Ryder, who lives in the area and plays the course regularly, told No. 17: “They could hit first on the green or they could go through their whole bag. A player with a handicap of 10 is a good golfer, but if it was a draw, I would bet on it being in the water before being on the green to start.
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