Hovland has uneven day with rulings at Gamers

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Viktor Hovland opened with an eventful 72 at The Gamers Championship on Thursday that concerned rulings on a pair of double bogeys.

Hovland hit into the water together with his second shot on the par-5 eleventh that he noticed land within the grass and bounce to the proper into the hazard. He needed to make sure, however it’s such a small space that he determined to name within the guidelines official.

They checked out video, most probably the digital camera behind the inexperienced, and pictures appeared to indicate it hit the wooden plank earlier than going into the water. The wooden is past the hazard line.

“I used to be 100% assured it didn’t hit the wooden, however in that state of affairs, it’s a must to be 100% sure, and when he mentioned that video footage was not 100% decisive, then I did not actually have way more of a say,” Hovland mentioned.

He was ready to drop behind the water, as a substitute of subsequent to the place the ball bounced into the water, when a crew from PGA Tour Dwell confirmed it landed within the grass earlier than the water. He was in a position to drop 50 yards from the opening.

“It did not actually assist me out as a result of I ended up hitting it over the inexperienced,” Hovland mentioned.

The opposite double bogey was a results of his personal reminiscence — and honesty.

He had chipped as much as 4 toes on the fifteenth gap, marked his ball after which moved the marker a putter size away to get out of the road of Justin Thomas. When he returned the mark, Hovland measured the putter size the unsuitable course — even farther from his unique spot.

Solely after the spherical did he notice his mistake and notify guidelines officers. He was docked a 2-shot penalty for taking part in from the unsuitable spot, turning his 70 right into a 72.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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