DP World Tour pro doesn't get memo and gets TWO PENALTY STROKES for lifting ball

"Lesson learned" DP World Tour pro Julien Brun had a Saturday to forget at the Italian Open.

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Sun, 7 May 2023
DP World Tour pro doesn't get memo and gets TWO PENALTY STROKES for lifting ball

DP World Tour Julien Brun endured a nightmare third round at the Italian Open that was made worse by not following the rules at Marco Simone, venue of this year's Ryder Cup. 

Players were allowed to 'lift, clean and place' for the first two rounds of the Italian Open.

But the rule was not applied for the weekend. 

The DP World Tour had informed players and caddies of the rule change, but Brun and his caddie seemingly either missed the memo or just forgot about it... at least on the first six holes of his third round. 

Brun was docked two penalty strokes for lifting his ball on the fairway, something he did twice in his first six holes. 

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He was playing alongside Nicolai Hojgaard, who has an outside chance for a debut appearance at the Ryder Cup

We can only assume Hojgaard missed Brun's first pick up as it was only until his second pick up from the fairway that he was notified he had broken the rules. 

Brun, a three-time winner on the Challenge Tour, took to social media after his round to reveal what happened. 

The Frenchman's round included one triple-bogey, three doubles, six bogeys, three birdies and five pars. 

It all added up to a disastrous 12-over 83

To his credit, Brun laughed it off and took it all in his stride.

Brun, who is ranked 200th in the Official World Golf Rankings, tweeted: 

"83 today! I sucked [crying laughter].
"2 penalty strokes for lifting the ball on the fairway... did it twice on my first 6 holes [crying laughter].
"Lost 4 balls (3 holes in a row). Missed 3 putts inside 5 ft. 
"But laughed a lot out there and I'm looking forward to my 7.10am tee time to play some good golf tomorrow."

Brun returned on Sunday to shoot an improved 4-over 75 but he ended the week in solo last on 15-over par. 

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