Scottie Scheffler Saves Bogey After Rules Drama On 18th At The Masters

The World No.1 managed to salvage a bogey down the last after pulling his drive into a bush

Scottie Scheffler walks out of a bush
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Scottie Scheffler managed to salvage a closing bogey on the 18th hole at Augusta National despite a poor drive that left him needing a penalty drop out from a bush.

The World No.1 pulled his tee shot left and it clattered into the trees and ended just 222 yards away, leaving him a total of 237 yards left to the pin. His ball was quickly found and the American needed a two-club-length drop out to the right onto the pine straw. The ruling took a while for him to make a decision and then mark his ball to identify it, something perfectly allowed in the Rules of Golf.

He found a position to drop his ball two club-lengths out to the right and from there he began removing pine straw, which is classified as a loose impediment. He was not able to remove dirt so was carefully taking away the pine straw.

He then dug his tee into the ground around where he was planning to drop the ball to check for any tree roots, which was certainly a wise decision to ensure he avoided injury by striking a root whilst leading The Masters with 19 holes remaining.

From there, he hit a sensational long iron to the back edge of the green and he two-putted for a vital bogey after staring at least a double in the face following his wayward drive. 

He eventually carded a 71 (-1)  to finish the day at nine-under-par and three clear of Cameron Smith with 18 holes of the 2022 Masters remaining. His round featured a total of six birdies and five bogeys on a tough scoring day at Augusta where Cameron Smith was the only player to shoot in the 60s.

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Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

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