On April 17, golfer Han Kim Si Woo brushed off the green, but could not be a birdie because the ball hit the bottom after a minute hanging on the rim.
The incident happened at hole 3, the Harbor Town Golf Links course during the penultimate RBC Heritage – PGA Tour event in South Carolina.
Nearly 10 meters away and the ball on the first rough grass but the hole behind the green should Kim putt to find birdie. The ball crosses the grass, enters the green and then hits the target. But it reached the rim when it stopped to the surprise of Kim and his team rival Matt Kuchar. The litigant and Kuchar took turns examining. Caddy also participated. The group waited and laughed as the ball fell to the bottom of the hole.
But Kim is not a birdie hole 3.
According to Article 13.3a of the Golf Rule, “the golfer is given a reasonable amount of time to reach the hole and an additional 10 seconds to consider the outcome. The ball enters within this time, the player officially completes the hole with the previous shot. after 10 seconds of waiting, the ball is in place. And then, if it falls before the next shot, the golfer adds a penalty stroke to the hole.
Therefore, Kim only par hole 3.
Referee Stephen Cox from the PGA Tour quickly appeared and explained the results according to the law. However, Kuchar expressed frustration and confirmed that Kim’s shadow moved while “anchored” on the rim. “It was past waiting but when I got there I saw the ball move. You can’t hit when it’s not still, right?”, Kuchar argued.
“In such a situation, it’s time to hit the ball again. And that’s why the time limit rule,” said referee Cox.
“Oh. I was wrong,” Kuchar said.
Closing the third round with 71 strokes, Kim stands T42 with -4 after 54 holes. The top of the RBC Heritage 2021 table belongs to Stewart Cink at -18. Cink led Collin Morikawa five strokes. After Morikawa, Emiliano Grillo came in third (-12 points) and T4 (-11) included Matt Wallace and Im Sung-jae – the only Asian representative in the top 40 after three rounds.
Last week, Kim Si Woo wiped the 14th hole, the chip was 15, then damaged the putter on the green edge in anger, then had to use the 3 wooden stick to close the three holes at the end of the second round Masters – the exclusive major of Augusta National Stadium.
Kim was born in 1995, has won three PGA Tour championships, including winning the 2017 main event The Players Championship.
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