World news – Ryan Palmer still shares Kapalua’s lead after avoiding the penalty kick


Ryan Palmer avoided a possible penalty in Kapalua on Saturday in order to maintain his share of the lead in the final round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions on Sunday.

The incident in question occurred on the ninth par-5 -Hole of the Plantation Course where Palmer tossed a chip before kicking a divot in disgust. At the time, Palmer said he had thought nothing of it. He made par on the hole as part of a 9-under 64 to tie Harris English under for the 54-hole lead at 21.

When Palmer got on goal after his round, PGA Tour rules officer John split Mutch Palmer said he could potentially break rule 11-3, which states, “While a ball is in motion, you must not intentionally alter physical conditions, or lift or move a loose obstruction or moving obstruction affecting where the ball might come to rest. “

 » He showed me the video and I said, « What am I watching? « We had to watch it twice to understand what he was talking about and to discuss that I kicked a divot but the ball stopped 5 feet from me, » said Palmer. “I had no intention of helping my ball because there was no way my ball was anywhere near my position. I was just talking to [my caddy] James [Edmondson], I hit the wrong wedge on the chip in disgust, and when I got there I just took the old kick on the divot, pissed off and the ball stayed 5 feet stand away from me. “

Palmer had « no intention » to improve the ball to 9th place

After hearing Palmer’s explanation and discussion with Palmer’s gambling competitor Collin Morikawa, Mutch decided that there would be no one-off penalty as Palmer did not intend to gain an advantage by kicking the divot. </ p "It could be interpreted either way," said Justin Leonard of Golf Channel. "You have to take Ryan Palmer for his word."

FROM Golf Channel Digital

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