MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Bryson DeChambeau hits tee photographs farther than anybody else on the PGA Tour, due to his all of the sudden beefed-up physique and protein-heavy weight loss plan.
The six-time Tour winner is outwardly no match for a number of hearth ants.
In Thursday’s opening spherical of the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind, DeChambeau hit his tee shot into the bushes down the left facet of the par-4, 481-yard seventh gap. His tee shot got here to relaxation on a number of small sticks close to the bottom of a tree.
DeChambeau was satisfied his ball was sitting close to a hill of fireplace ants — or a burrowing animal gap. He known as PGA Tour guidelines official Ken Tackett to the scene, after which spent practically three minutes making an attempt to persuade him that he was allowed a free drop underneath the foundations.
“It is a completely different colour,” DeChambeau advised Tackett. “It is a completely different colour. It appears to be like like an ant gap — or ant space.”
USGA rule 16.2.a, the “Harmful Animal Situation” rule, would allow DeChambeau to take aid. The rule says, “A ‘harmful animal situation’ exists when a harmful animal (similar to toxic snakes, stinging bees, alligators, hearth ants or bears) close to a ball might trigger severe bodily harm to the participant if she or he needed to play the ball because it lies.”
Tackett kneeled down and carefully examined the filth.
“I see the colour distinction,” Tackett stated. “I simply do not see, Bryson, I do not see … there is a couple down there, however I do not see hearth ants.”
“Nicely, there was one which scrummed up over right here,” DeChambeau defined. “It was right here after which it scrummed up over right here. I imply, it is your name, however … “
“Yeah, I do not see any hearth ants in a way that it could be, you recognize, a harmful scenario,” Tackett stated.
Then DeChambeau tried to persuade Tackett that there have been two burrowing animal holes behind his ball.
“Something proper there?” DeChambeau requested. “What is that this factor? There’s two of them.”
“I do not see something that may establish as to what it’s to know that it is an animal gap,” Tackett stated.
“It’s or it is not,” DeChambeau complained, “and there is a crimson ant popping out of it, a few them.”
At that time, Tackett requested DeChambeau to take his stance as if he was going to hit his second shot.
“I imply, it would not intervene together with your stance anyway,” Tackett stated. “It isn’t an animal gap.”
DeChambeau ended up taking a double-bogey 6 on the outlet. He birdied the ninth gap, his remaining gap of the spherical, to complete 3-under 67.
After his spherical, DeChambeau did not appear to disagree with the ruling.
“Yeah, that was bizarre,” he stated. “So there was discolored filth and I noticed a pair crimson ants there and I used to be pondering, hmm, anthill, might get one thing or whatnot. Requested him and he was like, effectively, ‘It is acquired to be, you recognize, sort of endangering you.’ And I used to be, simply an anthill.
“So there was simply dialogue there and he did not assume it was crucial for a drop. So I am all the time going to respect the officers and go, ‘OK, no difficulty, that is superb.’ Did not assist that I had a very, actually dangerous lie, too, however a type of — I had two twigs lodged in between my ball. Is what it’s.”
Tackett was the identical guidelines official who was on the scene when DeChambeau discovered considered one of his misplaced balls underneath a steel fence on the par-5 15th gap at Muirfield throughout the second spherical of the Memorial. DeChambeau unsuccessfully argued that his ball was nonetheless in bounds and requested for a second opinion, which was the identical.
DeChambeau stomped off, made a quintuple-bogey 10 on the outlet and missed the minimize.