You see it each on occasion. Often on the Open Championship, with its excessive and nasty gorse. A professional golfer can’t discover his ball and a bunch of individuals stomp round looking for it.
On Saturday in third spherical of the CJ Cup, they took it to a different degree. Rory McIlroy was flat on his abdomen at one level on the lookout for Brooks Koepka’s ball. That’s all you want to learn about how loopy this bought. It was like they had been looking for a diamond in a haystack.
Koepka tried to drive the par-4 eleventh, however his ball got here up simply wanting the inexperienced and disappeared into the excessive grass above the bunker. With PGA Tour Stay documenting the search, first 4 marshals tried wanting. Then the group arrived, and at one level there have been 9 — 9! — folks digging by the grass, together with all three gamers within the group—Kevin Na was the third—their caddies and the volunteers. McIlroy searched first whereas mendacity on his abdomen above the bunker. Then he joined Koepka and others standing within the stand to search for it.
The penalty for not discovering the ball can be harsh, after all. It’d be a misplaced ball and a return to the tee. The identical factor occurred on the identical gap to Rickie Fowler on Thursday and he made a double.
Lastly, after a number of minutes of looking, a volunteer finds the ball. “Titleist?” he says. “Yep,” says Kopeka. Somebody mentions somebody about an Easter egg and all people laughs, although all of them look exhausted at that time.
The perfect half: Koepka bought a fortuitous free drop for the plugged ball. From the perimeter he hit an detached first putt, however drained the subsequent one for a birdie.