Attending a golf event is always exciting. Being around the world's best players on the world's best courses, getting to watch individuals who actually know how to play the game, stunning scenery; there is really nothing better than attending a professional tournament.
Like anything though, there are rules. Obviously, being respectful to those playing is number one but, also, don't pick up any golf balls that may be in front or around you, no matter how off-line they may be...
At the Amundi Evian Championship, during the final round, an incident just like that occurred, with a spectator picking up the golf ball of Nelly Korda on the par 4 sixth hole. You can watch the video below:
Noooooo! A fan picked up Nelly Korda's ball while it was still in play 🙈 pic.twitter.com/tRzpMrkaEBJuly 24, 2022
As the ball came to rest on the wood chippings to the right of the hole, a female spectator picked up the ball and appeared to want to hand it to one of the marshals. After being informed that she shouldn't have done that, which caused a shocked reaction, the marshal appeared to give the female spectator a severe telling off, with visible arm and hand movements being thrown in for good measure.
Thankfully, for Nelly, she wasn't given a penalty, as the rule states: "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."
However, the 23-year-old, who has just returned to competitive action following surgery on a blood clot, went on to double bogey the hole at the Evian Resort Golf Club, as she dropped down the leaderboard following a superb start. Showing her professionalism though, Nelly did birdie the next hole and then eagled the ninth to take a share of the lead as she goes in pursuit of yet another Major title.
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Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.
Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.
Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?
Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°
Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°
Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW
Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°
Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
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