Jordan Spieth and Henrik Stenson get two-shot penalties after tee photographs from incorrect gap

2021-12-06 17:01:23

Nevertheless, it made no distinction as as a substitute of teeing off from the ninth, three-time main winner Spieth and 2016 Open winner Stenson had been teeing off from the seventeenth.
Enjoying within the opening group of the ultimate spherical of the Hero World Problem, the pair didn’t notice that event officers had swapped the ninth and seventeenth tee markers for the final spherical.
“We saved our heads down off the ending out on gap No. 8,” Stenson defined, “and walked to the ninth tee field that we did on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

“Put the ball down and hit some stunning tee photographs. Then once we went all the way down to the outlet, went all the way down to the balls.”

Based on the PGA Tour, somebody working within the TV vehicles picked up on the error and knowledgeable chief referee Stephen Cox in regards to the infraction.

“The foundations official mentioned: ‘Did you hit off the correct tee field?'” Stenson mentioned. “And we’re like, nicely, yeah, type of — after which we appeared again and noticed that there was one other one ahead and left.”
Stenson hits his tee shot on the second hole during the first round of the Hero World Challenge.

Having been notified of the error, the pair — each former winners of the Tiger Woods-hosted occasion — walked again to the right tee and drove off the right marker.

Each had been handed a two-shot penalty for the error, however had they not observed and accomplished the outlet, they might have been disqualified.

Stenson would ultimately end with a 72 for a second-from-last nineteenth place end, whereas Spieth shot 76 to complete twentieth.

Regardless of the combo up, the pair had been in a position to snicker in regards to the occasion afterwards.

“My query was if we might simply end nineteenth and twentieth and go away after 9 (holes),” Stenson mentioned, “however that wasn’t an choice, both.”
Spieth added: “He requested them if we might simply go to the airport and I mentioned: ‘I am down.'”
Spieth defined the comedy of errors. “I teed it up first and it wasn’t my tee,” the 28-year-old mentioned. “So Michael [Greller, his caddie] instructed me it isn’t my tee. Then Henrik hit. Then I teed up too far in entrance and he instructed me to scoot again.”
Realizing Spieth had simply given all of it away, Stenson mentioned to Spieth: “You simply spoiled the entire thing. Like, take a look at these guys; they do not know who’s going to hit. As soon as they discovered who’s hitting, one man’s making an attempt to tee up in entrance after which they each hit from the incorrect tee field. I assume we acquired what we deserved.

“Let’s simply go away it that just a little be aware on the tee field would have been useful and I’ll be sure that I tee it up on the correct tee field sooner or later as a result of I do not assume I’ve ever carried out this earlier than. Have a pleasant Christmas everybody and we’ll see you within the new yr.”

Taking benefit

On the different finish of the leaderboard, it was a day to neglect for Collin Morikawa.

The American started the ultimate spherical 5 photographs forward of his nearest challenger.

With a victory on the Hero World Championship, Morikawa would have turn into the world No. 1, simply the fourth participant to succeed in the highest of the rankings earlier than the age of 25, alongside Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Spieth.

Nevertheless, it began terribly for the two-time main winner, capturing an error-strewn, front-nine 41 to return again to the pack.

In the meantime, Norway’s Viktor Hovland made three straight birdies early on to place himself into competition.

Hovland shot back-to-back eagles on the 14th and fifteenth in addition to birdieing the sixteenth to ascertain a lead. Such was his benefit, he was even in a position to bogey the seventeenth and 18th and nonetheless end in first place.

Tiger Woods poses with Hovland and the trophy after Hovland won the Hero World Challenge.

For Hovland, who’s projected to maneuver as much as eighth on this planet with the victory, it’s the excellent technique to head into Christmas, which he plans to spend again in Norway.

“Simply enjoying the PGA Tour is fairly unimaginable,” he mentioned. “Simply from pondering again to the place I grew up and enjoying golf in Norway, you are enjoying golf six months out of the yr and it is fairly farfetched to even simply play golf professionally coming from Norway.

“So, for me to be right here and profitable tournaments is fairly unreal,” he added.

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