Sometimes you just get an unlucky break.
Rickie Fowler did exactly that Sunday in Waste Management Phoenix Open at the 11th hole, where he had a triple bogey.
Fowlers third stroke ended in the water (penalty area), and he then took relief with a one stroke penalty under the penalty area Rule. He then walked a bit away… but shortly after the ball (which had been at rest until then) began rolling… and rolled into the water!
Unfortunately the Rules of Golf decides that he only had the option to either play 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 therefore now had to make his sixth stroke.
He managed to come up and down, but still his score was 7 (triple bogey).
You can see (most of) the episode here:
One of the wildest, weirdest triple bogeys you’ll ever see.
— Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) 3. februar 2019
Before beginning play of this hole, he had a five stroke lead, but after the hole it was only one (Branden Grace had a birdie)!
Despite this, Fowler kept cool and eventually won the tournament with a two strokes lead – indeed a great achievement.