That is an amateur mistake
A golfer competing in round 16 at the American Amateur Championship in Oregon was eliminated on Thursday after losing the last hole match – though not for whatever he did.
Segundo Oliva Pinto was tied up with Tyler Strafaci going into the last hole and made his third shot at the par-5 into a grass bunker. Oliva Pinto can still get up and down to save par but instead automatically lose money due to the caddy’s action.
The caddy stepped into the bunker and brushed the sand with his hand. It is a violation of USGA rule 12.2 (b), which states that you must not “knowingly touch the bunker sand with your hands, sticks or rake or any other object to check the condition of the sand. and find out information for your next shot. The same goes for the player̵7;s caddy, who can pass on the information to the player. In stroke play, it is a two stroke penalty. During the match, you will automatically skip the hole. Since Oliva Pinto and Strafaci were tied, the mistake won Strafaci.
“As soon as I got back there, the referee came and asked my batter what happened, and I was completely shocked,” Oliva Pinto told Golf Channel. “I’m just trying to take this shot close [the hole] and try up and down and win the match. He touched the sand or something, and it was a penalty ”.
Golf Channel’s Brentley Romine reported that Oliva Pinto’s campaign officer told the rule official, “I don’t touch the sand,” and repeated the affirmation en route back to the clubhouse.
Caddy’s bug was discovered by the caddy for Strafaci, his father, Frank Jr. The younger Strafaci said it was bad the game had to be decided that way.
“It was so bad it came to such a result, because it was an extraordinary game,” he told the Golf Channel.
The Golf Channel identifies Oliva Pinto’s caddy as Brant Brewer, a local caddy at Bandon Dunes, a luxury golf resort with five world-famous golf courses where the tournament is taking place. It’s a shock that a caddie at such a famous course, especially someone who seems reliable enough to take on such a high-level task, doesn’t know the rules.
I have only two jobs: write for Sports illustrated and caddying at a country club. I carried a golf bag in Connecticut from eighth grade until I graduated from college and started here, and I was actually in a similar situation to what happened to Oliva Pinto. After a heavy rainstorm, I bent down to touch the blue color to see how much water it had retained. My player’s opponents might have called me in, but they’re just rich guys playing for a few bucks per hole, not in the final stages of one of the country’s top amateur competitions. .
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