Dylan Frittelli docked two shots after most bizarre ruling ever at RBC Heritage

PGA Tour pro Dylan Frittelli incurred a two-shot penalty after playing a ball that hanging from a tree. 

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Mon, 18 Apr 2022
Dylan Frittelli docked two shots after most bizarre ruling ever at RBC Heritage

PGA Tour pro Dylan Frittelli was involved in one of the most bizarre golf rulings you will ever see in the final round of the RBC Heritage. 

Frittelli was on the 6th hole on Sunday when he pulled his drive towards the waste bunker, and his ball incredibly ended up in some Spanish moss hanging down from a tree branch. 

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The South African contemplated taking a drop but then decided to pull out his driver and play a shot above his head. 

Frittelli thought he had played a blinder, but as things transpired, his shot back onto the fairway was an illegal one, according to PGA Tour officials.

He prodded his ball back onto the fairway and then got up and down from there for a par.

Only it would soon go down as a double-bogey six under Rule 10.1c (making a stroke while standing across or on line of play).

 

 

 

OFFICIAL RULING: 10.1C 

Making Stroke While Standing Across or on Line of Play

The player must not make a stroke from a stance with a foot deliberately placed on each side of, or with either foot deliberately touching, the line of play or an extension of that line behind the ball.

For this Rule only, the line of play does not include a reasonable distance on either side.

Exception – There Is No Penalty If Stance Is Taken Accidentally or to Avoid Another Player’s Line of Play.

"I thought this would be the greatest Par of my life," tweeted Frittelli after the final round. 

"I was assessed a 2-stroke penalty for “standing astride” my intended line of play during this shot.

"The rules of golf remain undefeated.

"@SportsCenter top 10 play maybe?"

Frittelli ended up carding a round of 76 to finish in a tie for 66th on 1-over par. 

Jordan Spieth won the tournament with a par on the first playoff hole against Patrick Cantlay. 

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