Attending a golf event is always exciting. Rub shoulders with the best players in the world on the best courses in the world, observe individuals who really know how to play the game, breathtaking landscapes; there really is nothing better than attending a professional tournament.
But like everything, there are rules. Obviously, being respectful to those playing is number one, but also, don’t pick up any golf balls that might be in front or around you, even if they’re out of line…
During the Amundi Evian Championship, during the final round, a similar incident occurred, with a spectator recovering Nelly Korda’s golf ball on the par-4 sixth hole. You can watch the video below:
Nooooo! A fan collected the ball from Nelly Korda while still in play 🙈 pic.twitter.com/tRzpMrkaEBJuly 24, 2022
As the ball came to rest on the wood chips to the right of the hole, a female spectator picked up the ball and seemed to want to hand it to one of the marshals. After being told she shouldn’t have done this, to a shocked reaction, the Marshal appeared to give the onlooker a stern rebuke, with visible arm and hand movements for good measure.
Fortunately, for Nelly, she did not receive a penalty, as the rule states: “If your ball is moved by an outside influence, such as an animal or a spectator, there is no penalty for anyone and the ball must be replaced.”
However, the 23-year-old, who has just returned to competition after surgery on a blood clot, followed that up with a double bogey at the Evian Resort Golf Club as she fell in the standings after a superb start . Showing professionalism, Nelly birdied the next hole and then nailed the ninth to take a share of the lead as she chases another major title.