In the spirit of reporting on golf news that could potentially affect us all, we bring you another rules reminder courtesy of Crowne Plaza Invitational winner, Zach Johnson.
Zach Johnson won the PGA Tour Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial today (see video below), but the details of his one-stroke victory over Jason Dufner is interesting and a reminder to us all about marking your golf ball correctly.
Johnson was three shots ahead going into the final hole and a five-foot par putt sat between him and a tournament victory. Johnson marked his ball and shifted it to one side to allow Dufner a line to the hole without interference from his marker. The problem came when he went to make his own putt. He forgot all about shifting his ball back to its original position.
He then made what he thought was a par-saving putt to win by three strokes, but was almost immediately reminded by a tournament official that he had not returned his golf ball back its original position before making this putt.
According to rule 20-7 in the Rules of Golf, if you played a ball from the wrong position, you incur a two shot penalty. Johnson’s three-stroke victory suddenly became a one-stroke victory, but a victory all the same.
Johnson was lucky that he had a three shot cushion but it is a mistake many golfers have made, or have almost made. I’ve caught myself over the ball a few times before remembering I hadn’t marked the ball back in its original position.