Jon Rahm PENALTY INCIDENT causes mass debate between golf fans

Jon Rahm received a 2-shot penalty on his way to winning the Memorial Tournament, but wasn't told until after he won.

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Mon, 20 Jul 2020

Jon Rahm PENALTY INCIDENT causes mass debate between golf fans

Jon Rahm made one of the best chip-ins of his career during the Memorial Tournament on Sunday, but unfortunately it was tarnished due to the Spaniard receiving a penalty after the ball moved before he hit it.

During a difficult final round at Muirfield Village, Rahm missed the green at the par-3 16th and faced a challenging chip from thick rough, with the greens playing firm and fast.

What followed was a shot that Rahm's hero, Seve Ballesteros, would have been proud of, as the 25-year-old flicked the ball into the air, before it landed on the fringe and made its way into the hole. Watch the epic shot below:

Unfortunately for Rahm, he was told during an interview with CBS following his victory that he was facing a 2-shot penalty after PGA Tour rules officials took another look at the shot and saw the ball move as Rahm put his club next to it. Watch the incident in the video below:

Although the penalty had no effect on the result, Rahm was clearly shocked when he was told in the interview but after reviewing the incident with the PGA Tour's rules guru Slugger White, the newly crowned World No.1 accepted the decision.

“I didn’t see it,” Rahm said. “You know, I promised open honestly and I’m a loyal person and I don’t want to win by cheating. … The ball did move. It’s as simple as that.

“Had I seen it, I would have said something or maybe questioned -- not questioned, asked for a rules official and explained what happened and would have gone from there. But I mean, he had to zoom it in the iPad so much to see what was a very minimal oscillation that could have basically just been me putting the club down and all the grass just simply going down.

“It barely moves at all. Everything goes down with it. But the rules of golf are clear, and the ball did move. Unfortunately, it's going to have a bittersweet feeling to what was possibly one of the greatest shots of my career, the shot that this Sunday gave me the victory, but … I accept the penalty. That goes to show that you have to fight until the end.

“If it doesn't change the outcome of the tournament, does it really matter? Maybe. Again, I accept what it is; it did move. It doesn't take anything from the day, though. It's still probably one of the greatest days of my life."

The penalty incident caused a widespread debate on Twitter, with some golf fans saying that Rahm should have been disqualified and others saying that the penalty shouldn't have stood as it was difficult to see with the naked eye.

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