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PGA Tour Player Handed Penalty After Pulling Off 'Miraculous' Shot

PGA Tour Player Handed Penalty After Pulling Off 'Miraculous' Shot

Last night's final round in the RBC Heritage drew plenty of attention in this part of the world, mainly down to Shane Lowry's presence at the top of the leaderboard.

The Offaly man would not manage to finish atop the leaderboard, ending up one shot behind Jordan Spieth and Patrick Cantlay. The former would go on to win via a play-off.

It was a mistake on the 14th that ultimately proved costly for Lowry, with his chip off the edge of the green ending up in the water.

While that was perhaps the most influential shot of the tournament, there was another contender.

Dylan Frittelli was not in contention in this event, but his shot on the sixth hole at Harbour Town Golf Links was certainly a unique one.

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Having found himself in among the trees after his drive, the South African's ball actually got stuck in a low hanging branch. Instead of taking a drop, he went the more creative route of hitting the ball directly out of the tree, getting it back into play and going on to save what looked to be a miraculous par.

However, it turned out this was actually an illegal shot.

Frittelli would be handed a two-shot penalty after he was adjudged to have been 'standing astride' during this attempt.

This rule dictates that a player must not player a shot with 'a foot deliberately placed on each side of, or with either foot deliberately touching, the line of play or an extension of that line behind the ball'. Essentially, you can't stand directly behind the ball and face forward when playing a shot.

As a result, the player would be penalised two shots. This meant Frittelli would finish +1 for the tournament as opposed to -1, with his move down the leaderboard costing him $1,520 in prize money.

Rules are rules, but it's a shame that this incredible shot did more harm than good in the end.

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Gary Connaughton

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