On his way to an amazing 65-stroke round on the third day (Saturday) of the 2020 US Open, Wolff showed (Rules-) nerves of steel.
After a long drive on hole 12 (par-5) Wolff’s ball lay in the rough. The rough was not his only problem, however. Behind the ball was a loose divot.
So, what did Wolff do? See for yourself, here:
— U.S. Open (USGA) (@usopengolf) September 19, 2020
As you can see, Wolff was very careful – and succeeded gently removing the clump without moving the ball.
The Rule (Rule 15.1) is very clear: You are allowed to remove a loose impediment from the “General Area” (e.g. the fairway or the rough)… but will incur a one-stroke penalty if the ball happens to move in the process!
So… well done, Matthew. You really showed nerves of steel. Had the ball moved, we would probably all have called him careless instead of courageous… :-).
-> See the Rules School episode about loose impediments.
Having lead the US Open after the third round, Wolff ended up finishing second – six strokes behind Bryson Dechambeau (who managed an incredible 67 (-3) Sunday) – after a round of 75 strokes (+5).