Matthieu Pavon escapes with an 8-yards putt

The terrible bunker at 16 of the Pete Dye Stadium Course claimed a new victim on Sunday in the last lap of the American Express and it was the Girondin Matthieu Pavon, who had to try three times to finally put the ball on the green.

by Andrea Gussoni
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Matthieu Pavon escapes with an 8-yards putt
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The terrible bunker at 16 of the Pete Dye Stadium Course claimed a new victim on Sunday in the last lap of the American Express and it was the Girondin Matthieu Pavon, who had to try three times to finally put the ball on the green.

Pavon, results

On this long par 5 of more than 500 meters, Matthieu Pavon had avoided the merciless bunker which runs along part of the fairway to the green, during the 2nd round but not this Sunday during the last round of The Amex.

His attack on the green with a fairway wood plunged into the immense and diabolical sandbox in which the players appeared tiny. To get out of this, you must not play with fire at the risk of seeing your audacity punished.

This is what happened to the Frenchman who failed twice before managing to escape from this bunker with its steep slopes. For the record, Pavon managed to save the bogey by sinking the putt of more than 8 meters which remained to him after his 3rd attempt.

The Rules of Golf are a set of standard rules and procedures by which the sport of golf should be played. They are jointly written and administered by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, the governing body of golf throughout the world, outside of the United States and Mexico, which are the jurisdiction of the United States Golf Association.

An expert commission made up of members of the R&A and USGA oversees and refines the rules every four years. The latest revision is effective January 1, 2016. Changes to the rules of golf generally fall into two main categories: those that improve understanding and those that in certain cases reduce penalties to ensure balance.

The rule book, entitled "Rules of Golf", is published on a regular basis and also includes rules governing amateur status. In Italy it is up to Federgolf to supervise the competitions by enforcing the rules issued by the R & A, checking that these rules are observed by the Clubs, Associations and their members and managing the resulting sporting justice, protecting their interests abroad.

The rules of golf are relatively complicated compared to other sports because they are applied outdoors, close to nature and animals. Respect for the rules is a basic element in the game of golf, which, almost always based on the self-control and free conscience of the players, often sees distorted results, consciously at times, but often unconsciously or through carelessness, due to non-compliance on the part of many players of the game rules.

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