Unlucky golfer’s ball was so deeply embedded even the rules official couldn’t believe it
It might be the most annoying thing in golf. It’s in the top five, at the very least. You hit a shot that, by all accounts, wasn’t that bad, only to find it embedded deep in the ground.
That happened to one unlucky golfer this week, and even the official giving the ruling couldn’t believe what he was seeing.
It came during the first round of the Molly Murphy Crowley Collegiate Invitational in Portland, Oregon. A golfer from University of California—Davis’ women’s golf team hit an approach shot that embedded itself so deeply in an area near the bunker that it was almost underground entirely.
The rules official, after pointing out where the ball was, took a picture because of how rare a sight it was.
Christine getting help for an embedded ball, one that even Steve the rules official says is so rare he wants to get a pic of it! pic.twitter.com/mhWUmi0NZJ
— UC Davis W Golf (@UCDavisWGolf) September 30, 2019
Lots of golf fans were asking what the ruling would be in this situation, and while I’m no rules expert, under rule 25-2, it would appear that because this ball did not embed in a “closely-mown area through the green…fairway height or less,” it’s good old fashioned play it as it lies.
Presumably, she would’ve had to take an unplayable, though. Either that or opt for a shovel.
25-2. Embedded Ball Rule
If a player’s ball is embedded in any closely-mown area through the green, it may be lifted, cleaned and dropped, without penalty, as near as possible to the spot where it lay but not nearer the hole. The ball when dropped must first strike a part of the course through the green.
Temporary golf course to open inside Busch Stadium next month
Busch Stadium has hosted baseball, soccer and football games, and it looks like golf is next.
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – How would you like to play a round of golf inside Busch Stadium? Well, that will be possible next month.
Stadiumlinks is transforming baseball heaven into a 9-hole golf experience Nov. 1-3. You’ll take your shots from tee boxes placed all around the stadium concourse and aim for holes on the baseball field.
This October, @Rangers Globe Life Park in #ArlingtonTX will once again be transformed into @StadiumlinksHQ a one-of-a-kind, nine-hole golf experience. Tee times are offered across two event days, on Friday, October 4 and Saturday, October 5: https://t.co/8dlSdX0nvi pic.twitter.com/IJaKH1mIra
— City of Arlington (@CityOfArlington) August 24, 2019
Each shot is somewhere between 60-150 yards and scoring is based on where your ball lands. You can play in groups of two, four, six, or eight and will need to book a tee time in advance. Make sure you join the waiting list, here, so you can set up a tee time.
Each player within your group will be provided with 18 complimentary golf balls to use on the Stadiumlinks course.
Here’s an example of what the course looked like in other stadiums, such as Citi Field in New York, Minute Maid Park in Houston and the LA Memorial Coliseum.
PRESIDENT’S CUP EVENT
(member only event)
Saturday, October 12th | 9 am shotgun start
$40 per person
18 hole – Individual Net – Closest to the Pin – Skins Game
*must have registered USGA Handicap