Sometimes you just get an unlucky break.
Rickie Fowler had exactly that Sunday in the Waste Management Phoenix Open at the 11th hole, where he had a triple bogey.
Fowlers third stroke ended in the water (penalty area), where he then took relief with a one stroke penalty under the penalty area Rule. He then walked a up to survey the green … but while he had his back turned, the ball (which had been at rest until then) began rolling… and rolled back into the water!
Unfortunately, the Rules of Golf decided that he only had the option of either playing the ball as it lay or to proceed under the penalty area Rule (again!) with a one stroke penalty. He proceeded under the penalty area Rule and proceeded with his sixth stroke.
He managed to get up and down, but still his score was a 7 (triple bogey).
You can see here:
One of the wildest, weirdest triple bogeys you’ll ever see.
— Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) 3. februar 2019
Before play began on this hole, Fowler had a five stroke lead. After the hole, he was leading by just one stroke (meanwhile, Branden Grace had a birdie)!
Despite this, Fowler kept cool and eventually won the tournament with a two-stroke lead – indeed a great achievement.