WATCH: Patron Throws Sam Burns' Golf Ball Onto The Green

Burns' tee shot flew into the crowd and one patron caught his ball and threw it towards the hole...

Sam Burns and a picture of a fan throwing his golf ball
(Image credit: @SkySportsGolf/Twitter)

Sam Burns let out a huge cry of 'fore' during The Masters Par-3 Contest when his ball went flying into the patrons on Augusta National's short course.

Burns' ball then nearly ended up in the hole after a patron caught it and threw it onto the green in a quite bizarre, and hilarious, scene.

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Burns did not replace his ball so therefore forfeited his score for the Par-3 Contest, with the American officially listed as a 'WD' on the leaderboard along with many other pros. If a professional's golf ball is moved by a fan during a tournament they must replace it back to where it came to rest under no penalty.

"If your ball is moved by an outside influence, such as an animal or a spectator, there is no penalty to anyone and the ball must be replaced," the Rule states via the USGA.

Sam Burns makes his Masters Tournament debut this week despite having won three times on the PGA Tour. He currently ranks 11th in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Play was suspended around 3.45pm local time on Wednesday due to the threat of lightning in the Augusta area. It's the second day of storms after Tuesday's action was suspended before 11am.

It means the golf course will be playing much softer during the tournament compared to how the players saw it on Monday.

Elliott Heath
News Editor

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!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2 HL

Irons: Mizuno MP-H4 3-iron, Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5