David Duval’s day at Royal Portrush began solidly. The 47-year-old from Jacksonville (Fla.) notched consecutive birdies on the primary two holes Thursday to open this 12 months’s British Open.
Issues began to unravel on the fifth gap. He recorded a quadruple bogey, adopted up by a single one on the following gap. At 3-over par, there was nonetheless time to recuperate, particularly with others reminiscent of native Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy scuffling with related scores.
Gap No. 7 ended up being the worst one in match historical past, or no less than since officers began recording scorecards hole-by-hole in 1983. Duval managed to shoot a 13 on the par-5 gap. Golf.com defined the horrific sequence of occasions:
Duval hit two provisionals off the tee and thought he was taking part in his third ball earlier than realizing it was the second provisional ball, in response to the Open radio broadcast. Duval, who was assessed a two-shot penalty for taking part in with the fallacious ball, then had to return to the tee to start out the opening over once more.
In the mean time, he’s sitting in useless final at 14-over par total, which included a trio of bogeys on the following 4 holes. As talked about earlier, he’s not the one golfer battling with Portrush, which hasn’t hosted an Open Championship since 1951.
McIlroy, whose hometown in County Down sits simply an hour to the northwest of Portrush, tripped up instantly. He posted a quadruple bogey on the primary gap and has been preventing uphill ever since. His two birdies to shut out the front-9 result in a rating of 3-over-par.
Different elite golfers coping with adversity are Phil Mickelson at 5-over and Adam Scott at 4-over. Nonetheless, nothing compares to Duval, who gained the British Open in 2001 at Royal Lytham.
Listed below are a few of the reactions about Duval’s notorious day. First, England’s Eddie Pepperell expressed shock on the quantity.
As well as, Golf Digest author Joel Beall posted Duval’s scorecard on the time of the debacle on the seventh gap. Initially, he reported it was a 15, however the rating has since been recorded as a 13.
Keep tuned for extra on Thursday in Northern Eire.