What to do when your hoped-for eagle roosts in a tree? Aphibarnrat's day-that-was.


PGA TOUR 2021 - Valspar Championship at Copperhead, Day 2

Aphibarnrat's golfball in a tree - The rules

From Golf.com:

Kiradech Aphibarnrat hit his ball right on the par-5 11th on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort, it never dropped down from the trees, and all eyes pointed to the sky on Friday. The fans and their cells looked up. Aphibarnrat, his caddie, playing partners Patrick Reed and Phil Mickelson and their caddies looked up.

Reed looked back down and looked at the Golf Channel cameraman. 

“Is there a camera on that?” he asked. 

Aphibarnrat had three minutes to identify his ball during the second round of the Valspar Championship. If he could, under the rules, he would unlock two additional options of relief: lateral, under rule 19.2c, and back-on-the-line, under rule 19.2b. If he couldn’t identify his ball, he would be forced to take the much more penal stroke-and-distance relief option, under rule 19.2.   Read more here

It is all caught on the video above, including Aphibarnrat's follow through afterwards.

Jason Day had a similar experience back in early March at Bay Hill. Then, a cameraman's zoom lens saved him.  Covered here

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