Published on: August 15, 2022, 10:39 am.
Last updated: August 15, 2022, 10:41 am.
The PGA Tour on Sunday announced a two-stroke penalty against Cameron Smith for a bad fall he took during Saturday’s third round of the FedEx St. Jude from TPC Southwind in Memphis.
Smith was already making plenty of headlines for his first-round appearance in the FedEx Cup Playoffs in Tennessee. The 28-year-old Australian, who won the 2022 Open Championship at St. Andrews last month to skip the PGA Tour for LIV Golf once the highly lucrative FedEx Cup is established. The PGA Tour has barred players who previously announced their intention to play in the controversial Saudi-funded LIV golf league from participating in the 2022 FedEx Cup.
On Saturday, Smith’s tee shot on the par-3 fourth hole hit the water. Smith continued to take a drop, but his ball was resting on the red hazard line when he played his third shot. A PGA Tour rules expert noted a possible violation of Rule 14.7, which requires a player to clear himself completely from a hazard, while watching third-round highlights on television late Saturday night.
Tour officials approached Smith before Sunday’s round to ask if he had taken full relief or if his ball was indeed touching the red hazard line when he played the next shot. Smith said he was hitting the line, which resulted in the Tour imposing a two-stroke penalty and raising his third-round score from 3-under 67 to 1-under 69.
Some golf analysts criticized the Tour’s decision to impose such a penalty more than 12 hours after Smith signed his third-round score sheet. Analysts said that since sports betting is widespread, such decisions affect not only the golfer but also oddsmakers and bettors.
Chamblee urges finality
Brandel Chamblee has been one of LIV Golf’s most outspoken critics. Except The golf channel analyst believes penalizing Smith so late was wrong.
I think once the round is over and there’s been no known penalty violation and the scorecards are signed, and it’s put to bed, it’s put to bed,” Chamblee said. “Especially in this era of sports gambling. The tour wants it [sports betting]everyone wants to be a part of it.
“This morning I placed a PointsBet and Cameron Smith was favourite. Imagine how many people were sitting at home making a bet and didn’t know they were placing a bet on someone who has four back instead of two back. [of the lead]Chamblee continued.
colleague The golf channel analyst Mark Rolfing agreed with Chamblee.
“Something has to be put in place to bring a certain finality to a round of golf,” added Rolfing.
PGA Tour officials said Smith accepted the punishment graciously. A few years ago, things would have been much worse for the Open champion.
In 2015, the USGA and the Royal & Ancient Golf Club amended their Rules of Golf to avoid disqualifying a player who signs an incorrect score sheet, as long as the wrong card was signed only because the player was not immediately aware that the a penalty was imposed.
Rule 6-6d allows a player to avoid disqualification for signing a score card for a lower score if the final score includes a penalty discovered only after the player has signed his card.
Smith shot a final round 70 to finish T13. Will Zalatoris finally won his first PGA Tour event after finishing second in three majors over the past two seasons.