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    2 professionals hit into bunker — then a number of guidelines and announcer come into play

    Gavin Inexperienced, left, and Shubhankar Sharma on Friday on the eighth gap. at DLF Golf and Nation Membership.

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    One professional’s ball hitting one other professional’s ball, in a bunker, from about 200 yards away. A dialog with an official. Some assist from the on-course reporter. A number of guidelines thought of. Twenty-five minutes to play the opening. 

    Or briefly, bizarre-golf bingo. On the finish, Shubhankar Sharma parred the 566-yard, par-5 eighth at DLF Golf and Nation Membership throughout Friday’s second spherical of the DP World Tour’s Indian Open, and Gavin Inexperienced parred it, too. However that’s most likely not why you got here right here. 

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    To start, Sharma and Inexperienced every discovered the green from the tee, then Inexperienced hit into the left greenside bunker. Then Sharma did too, and his ball knocked Inexperienced’s a number of inches backward. After all, with the bunker slightly beneath floor, and the gamers two soccer fields away, it could be laborious for them to see the contact, and right here’s the place the on-course reporter got here into play, together with the primary two guidelines. 

    The announcer advised Sharma and Inexperienced what had occurred. (Would they’ve identified? Exhausting to say, and some inches most likely doesn’t matter, however we applaud the all-around honesty.) And Sharma was allowed to go away his ball the place it was, beneath rule 11.1b, and he wasn’t penalized, because of rule 11.1a.

    Inexperienced, although, needed to transfer his ball again to his authentic lie, with out penalty, in response to rule 9.6. Right here’s the place it will get slightly difficult. Inexperienced’s and Sharma’s golf balls could be nearly touching — they already had been fairly shut — and the gamers, officers and on-course reporter had the next dialog, as picked up by Golf Channel mics, to find out the right taking part in process:

    Official to Inexperienced: “It moved from right here — which one’s your ball?” Inexperienced pointed at his ball with a membership. 

    Official: “That one, yeah? Moved from there to there?”

    Inexperienced: “I feel.” Inexperienced then requested the announcer: “Would that be proper? That’s what you seen?”

    Announcer: “The ball moved about two or three inches that means.” 

    Inexperienced: “Yeah, that’s most likely the place it’s.” He pointed at a spot along with his membership once more.

    Official: “So we will mark that spot. Offer you a membership size away.” He then requested Sharma: “Would you prefer to play first? Or would you prefer to mark yours, as a result of we received to recreate the lie.” 

    Sharma: “Both means, I’m advantageous. Yeah, no matter.” 

    Official: “Whichever you wish to do.” 

    Inexperienced: “Doesn’t matter to me.” 

    Official to Inexperienced: “OK, so if we mark that spot perhaps a membership size away, we will then rake that after which put your ball again. OK, see what I imply?”

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    Inexperienced did, and he dropped a tee the place his ball initially was, then took a driver and dropped the tee on the finish of the membership. Notably, this sequence — the place Inexperienced’s ball was by no means formally changed; it was simply marked — prevented one other being rule activated. Rule 15.3b (2) states: “If a participant fairly believes that one other participant’s ball wherever on the course may intervene with the participant’s personal play: The participant might require the opposite participant to mark the spot and carry the ball (see Rule 14.1), and the ball should not be cleaned (besides when lifted from the placing inexperienced beneath Rule 13.1b) and have to be changed on its authentic spot (see Rule 14.2).”

    Joked the announcer: “Properly, I feel they could have performed this gap about two or three minutes faster if I hadn’t opened my mouth.”

    Sharma then hit. And yet one more rule went into impact.

    In response to rule 8.1d, Inexperienced was allowed to revive his lie, and his caddie raked the place Sharma had hit. Inexperienced then dropped, and he hit his third shot. From there, every participant missed their birdie putts — Inexperienced from 10 toes, and Sharma from 6 — they usually parred. 

    And about 25 minutes after they began the eighth, they walked to 9. 

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    Nick Piastowski is a Senior Editor at and Golf Journal. In his function, he’s chargeable for modifying, writing and growing tales throughout the golf area. And when he’s not writing about methods to hit the golf ball farther and straighter, the Milwaukee native might be taking part in the sport, hitting the ball left, proper and brief, and ingesting a chilly beer to clean away his rating. You’ll be able to attain out to him about any of those subjects — his tales, his recreation or his beers — at [email protected]

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