I have a candidate for the most unlucky stroke in 2018!
Mark James played in The Senior Open (St. Andrews, Old Course) first round Thursday, and drived out from the teeing ground on the very difficult 17th hole (The Road Hole).
Unfortunately, his drive struck a seagull in midair causing the ball to change direction… ending out of bounds!
See the video below:
The Rules of Golf are clear (Rule 19-1): Play the ball as it lies. In this case, because the ball was out of bounds it had to be played from the teeing ground under penalty of stroke and distance, i.e. he had to play his third stroke.
It is unknown for me what happened to the seagull. Mark James made a triple bogey on the hole – and his score for the round was 77 (+5).
After the second round today (Friday) Jiménez is in the lead, and Mark James will miss the cut after a 73 (+1) today.
A lot of legendary players are in the top of the leaderbord, including Langer, Singh, Watson and Montgomery…
UPDATE: Jiménez won!