Challenge Tour pro DQ'd after running out of golf balls

Clement Berardo probably wishes he had taken a trip to American Golf before he teed off in Andalucia...

Andy Roberts's picture
Tue, 25 Jun 2019
Challenge Tour pro DQ'd after running out of golf balls


Challenge Tour pro Clement Berardo was disqualified from last week's Andalucia Costa del Sol Match Play 9 tournament after RUNNING OUT OF GOLF BALLS on the 16th hole.

Long and straight iron shots - Paint the shoe tops drill


Berardo, ranked 1923rd in the world, endured a horror start to his round with a quadruple-bogey nine on the par-5 1st hole, no doubt with a couple of trips to the H2O in the process.

From there, it sadly didn't get much better for the Frenchman and he found himself lying at 10-over par thru 15 holes. 

Then disaster well and truly struck for Berardo on the 16th as he and his caddie realised they had run out of balls.

Tiger Woods nearly suffered a similar feat at one of his most famous major triumphs at Pebble Beach in 2000.

While Woods may have gone on to win the US Open that week by a record 15 strokes, things could have been remarkably different on the 18th hole of his second round. 

Woods hit his first drive well left into the water, and then came to his caddie Steve Williams' realisation that his next ball was the last one in the bag. 

Williams did not tell Woods as he pegged up his next shot from the tee, and he had his heart in his mouth when Woods elected to hit driver again despite Williams' plea to take iron and just find the fairway.