Golf fans react as Si Woo Kim is DENIED a birdie by rules official

Si Woo Kim's ball hung on the edge of the cup on the par-4 3rd hole before dropping, but the rules official stated that Kim had not made a birdie.

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Sun, 18 Apr 2021
Golf fans react as Si Woo Kim is DENIED a birdie by rules official

Si Woo Kim was unfortunately denied a birdie during his third round at the RBC Heritage after his putt took too long to drop after it reached the edge of the hole.  

The rule is that the ball has the time it takes for the player to walk to the hole without "unreasonable delay", plus an extra 10 seconds but Kim's ball took over a minute to fall.

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The PGA Tour rules official Stephen Cox explained to Kim and his playing partner Matt Kuchar that an additional stroke is incurred to account for how long the ball took to drop, so Kim carded a par instead of a birdie. 

Kuchar spoke in favour of Kim on the par-4 3rd hole because he was convinced that the ball was still moving, so they could wait for it to drop while it was still in motion. 

Cox explained that even if the ball appears to still be moving, the player can tap it in or wait for it to drop, but the ball must drop within the 10-second window.

Golf fans on social media had their say on the incident:

 

 

 

 

 

Kim's putter was on centre stage at The Masters last week when he snapped the club on the 15th hole at Augusta National, meaning he had to putt with his three wood for the rest of the round.

The talented South Korean shot a level-par 71 on Saturday at Harbour Town Links, which left him in a tie for 42nd place heading into the final day.

Stewart Cink holds a commanding lead five-shot at the RBC Heritage after he carded a 69 on day three to finish on 18-under-par. 

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