extraordinary case of marshal incompetence might
have cost South Korean K.J. Choi victory at
last week's US PGA Championship in Wisconsin.
incurred what amounted to a two-stroke penalty
during the second round at Whistling Straits
after failing to find his ball within five minutes,
the maximum time allowed by the rules, at the
eventually finished only two strokes behind
play-off winner Vijay Singh, so imagine his
reaction when he learnt that far from being
lost, his ball had been sitting pretty in a
fairway bunker, further from the tee than where
the searchers were looking.
was found by Australian Adam Scott, who was
playing in the following threesome.
seems the two marshals stationed on the left
side of the fairway were asleep at the wheel,
poorly situated and barely paying attention.
"It's not easy to see the ball but the
marshals were in the wrong spot," Scott
originally thought the ball was his, but it
had a different number. When a marshal told
him that Choi had just lost a ball, the penny
Choi had to return to the tee to play his third
and eventually made a triple bogey at the hole,
but had he found his first tee shot, Scott reckons
he would probably have made par at worst.
ball was sitting perfectly in the bunker and
he only had about 150 yards to the hole,"
Scott continued. "It effectively cost K.J.
Choi laughed when told the news: " I'll
learn from the experience and next time I'll
finished at six under, and Singh won a three-way
play-off after finishing eight under.
this week's event, the NEC Invitational at the
Firestone course in Akron, Ohio, Australian
Peter Senior received a rude shock when he learnt
of his first-round draw.
45-year-old Queenslander, who is only a part-time
player these days, has been paired with none
other than Tiger Woods for today's first round.
while the eight-time major champion is not quite
the dominant force of old, he will still attract
the day's largest gallery, raising the stakes
considerably for Senior, who has not played
a serious tournament since April.
somebody told me the draw, I thought they were
joking," Senior said.
be as nervous as a kitten on the first tee.
If I make contact, I'll be doing well."
was half joking, and admitted that he was actually
excited at the prospect of playing with Woods:
"I've always enjoyed playing with guys
like that. It lifts you a little."
was ranked 27th in the world at the end of 1993,
but is now 212th.
is part of a 10-strong Australian contingent
in the 77-man field, joining Robert Allenby,
Stuart Appleby, Mark Hensby, Stephen Leaney,
Peter Lonard, Rod Pampling, Craig Parry, Brett
Rumford and Adam Scott.