Chad Ramey's misadventure, a 13 on a par 4

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Chad Ramey's misadventure, a 13 on a par 4
Chad Ramey's misadventure, a 13 on a par 4

Ninefold bogeys are pretty rare on the PGA Tour. They are even more so when the player achieves a perfect drive. Chad Ramey's misadventure, on his last hole of the day during the first round of the Memorial Tournament, is therefore extremely rare.

The American was already at +7 total before approaching the par 4 of the 9, but given the difficulty of the course, it was not such a bad score.

Chad Ramey, results

It all came crashing down for him when he consecutively dispatched… four balls into the water.

Before ending with a three putts. Result, 13, ninefold bogey. Ramey finally returned a card of 88… +16! He is in last place, behind Billy Horschel, who also had a disastrous first day. The Rules of Golf are a set of standard rules and procedures by which the sport of golf should be played.

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