Justin Rose, big mistake with the wrong ball

On the PGA Tour, Justin Rose made a mistake by hitting the wrong ball, proving that even top-level professionals can run into trouble. This episode raised a sigh of relief among amateur players

by Andrea Gussoni
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Justin Rose, big mistake with the wrong ball
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On the PGA Tour, Justin Rose made a mistake by hitting the wrong ball, proving that even top-level professionals can run into trouble. This episode raised a sigh of relief among amateur players. The incident occurred during the second round of the 2024 The Sentry tournament, held in Hawaii.

As many as 59 professionals competed for a $20 million prize pool in Kapalua, Maui County. Rose, currently at +1, was on the team with American players Taylor Moore and Andrew Putnam when the error occurred. His tee shot landed about 330 yards, on the right side of the fairway.

Moore hit a similar shot, but slightly shorter by about 30 yards, while Putnam landed in the center of the fairway about a thousand feet from the hole. All three had a clear view of the green with no obstructions ahead.

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When Rose got to the right of the fairway, he set up his shot, executed his swing and placed the ball on the green in seemingly safe fashion.

However, shortly after, the Golf Channel cameras caught a shot of Rose with his hands on his head. In the images, the Englishman is seen and heard addressing Moore apologizing with a "Sorry dude". At that moment, the 43-year-old realized what had happened, probably noticing that his ball had advanced a few meters further than the one he had played.

During that day, Rose had used a ball marked with the number 2, while Moore had changed balls right on the seven hole without informing his teammates. On Moore's new ball, of course, there was also the number 2. In accordance with rule 6.3.c, Rose was assessed a two-stroke penalty.

Moore then placed his ball again. The Englishman risked disqualification if he had not noticed the error before the next hole. Having moved to England at the age of 5, he has been a professional since 1999. He had a terrible start to his career (he failed to make the cut for 21 consecutive events).

Having moved to the United States of America in 2003, he joined the PGA Tour. Since 2003 he has won 3 PGA Tour races, became number 1 in the world and, in 2012, closed what is still the best performance ever recorded at the PGA Championship, shooting 66 shots (3rd in the final standings).

He is a regular member of the European Ryder Cup team [1] where he is usually paired with Henrik Stenson. In 2016 he won the Olympic gold medal at Rio 2016, with 268 shots (16 under par). This is Great Britain's first golf gold medal.

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