Justin Thomas, bad luck for missed hole in one

Justin Thomas came close to a hole-in-one during the third round of the American Express. When he later watched the video of his stunt, JT couldn't hide his disappointment at such bad luck

by Andrea Gussoni
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Justin Thomas, bad luck for missed hole in one
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Justin Thomas came close to a hole-in-one during the third round of the American Express. When he later watched the video of his stunt, JT couldn't hide his disappointment at such bad luck. "I'm not sure I'm going to like watching this..." Justin Thomas knew the images would be merciless.

His precise iron shot on hole number 13 of the Stadium Course during the third round of the American Express deserved a better fate. The ball seemed to be heading straight for an inevitable hole-in-one. However, fate decided otherwise.

The ball went all the way around the hole, but it chose not to go in...

Justin Thomas, statements

"It's so cruel..." JT rolled his eyes as he rewatched the scene, recalling that he and his caddy "Bones" had witnessed a hole-in-one during the second round.

“Well, that’s a good 2,” he concluded, resigned. The two-time PGA Championship winner sits in third place heading into the final round. The Rules of Golf are a set of standard rules and procedures that govern how golf should be played.

These rules are jointly developed and administered by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, the governing body of golf worldwide, except in the United States and Mexico, which are governed by the United States Golf Association.

An expert commission made up of members of the R&A and USGA oversees and updates the rules every four years. The latest revision came into force on 1 January 2016. Changes to the rules of golf can be divided mainly into two categories: those that improve understanding of the rules and those that, in certain situations, reduce penalties to ensure greater balance in the game.

The rule book, entitled "Rules of Golf", is regularly published and also includes rules governing amateur status. In Italy, supervision of compliance with the rules during competitions is entrusted to Federgolf, which ensures that these rules are respected by clubs, associations and their members, and manages any sporting disputes resulting from the application of the rules.

Federgolf also represents the interests of affiliates abroad. The rules of golf can be relatively complex compared to other sports due to the outdoor environment in which it is played, which often brings players into contact with nature and animals.

Respect for the rules is a fundamental element in golf, which is largely based on the self-discipline and conscience of the players themselves. It is common to observe foul play in the game of golf, sometimes intentional, but often unintentional or due to negligence, which can affect the results.

In addition to the rules, golf is based on a code of conduct known as etiquette, which involves respecting the golf course and other players. Etiquette is an essential aspect of the sport.

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