In a match, the person farther from the target is played first. But this rule was twice invalid in the semi-final between Scottie Scheffler – Matt Kuchar on March 28.
At hole 12, par5 with the lake on the left green, Scheffler, 2 up lead, is hit first. From the fairway, the American golfer goes green, but the ball goes to the lake, meaning he has to drop the ball where it started in the trap for the next shot – the fourth with a free kick.
In turn, Kuchar hit from the rough grass on the left side of the fairway. You get into the front right side of the green. The PGA Tour’s ShotLink system captured Kuchar’s ball 26.5 meters from the target.
Scheffler, after dropping the ball, was 77 yards from the hole, but had to wait for Kuchar to finish. In terms of sense, this is unusual in the principle of fighting order.
However, according to Article 6.4b (1) of the golf rule, “the order of play is based on the original position of the ball”. As a result, Scheffler’s shadow, even at the bottom of the lake, is closer to the hole than Kuchar on the green. This estimate is consensus of both golfers and verified by referees.
On Golf ChannelSir Nick Faldo said he had never had such a fighting order in more than 40 years of professional play. Faldo was born in 1957, won six major in nine PGA Tour championships and 30 European Tour trophies.
Kuchar then used a stumbling block and finished with the second putt, 0.9 meters away. Scheffler entered the green, 13 meters away and lost. With this result, you have 1 up.
Into a 13 par4 hole, 291 yards long, Kuchar played first, into the rough and 39 yards from the hole. Scheffler sent a straight kick but did not come to the green and the ball entered the lake for the second time.
At this point, the “almost hit first” story recurred.
And just like that, Kuchar hit a second before Scheffler hit his third 159 yards from the hole. Closing point par 13, Kuchar leveled the match. He drew Scheffler the next three holes but was later 1 up, when his opponent birdie hole 17. That was the same score.
Winning the semi-finals, Scheffler met Billy Horschel in the final, then lost 2 ups in 17 holes – 2 & 1. Horschel received $ 1.82 million while Scheffler received $ 1.15 million. Kuchar won $ 740,000 by winning Victor Perez 2 & 1 in the third match.
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