Akshay Bhatia, par after a drive of 88 yards

Akshay Bhatia had other things on his mind than thinking about his future bar score when he hit a terrible drive on hole No. 13, a 355-yard par 4, during the final round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic

by Andrea Gussoni
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Akshay Bhatia, par after a drive of 88 yards
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During the final round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic, Akshay Bhatia achieved a rare double “performance”, especially on the PGA Tour: he hit a drive measured from 88 yards away and signed on this hole… a par.

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When you do not exceed the red balls at the start, the tradition among amateurs is that you pay your general round to your partners at the end of the game. Akshay Bhatia had other things on his mind than thinking about his future bar score when he hit a terrible drive on hole No.

13, a 355-yard par 4, during the final round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic. The slender American left-hander was in the race for victory. So when his ball very quickly hit a tree to go back, the winner of the Valero Texas Open 2024 did not lose his composure.

A 3-wood, a wedge and a putt later, he saved an improbable par to stay in the title race. Or how to go from (almost) ridiculous to everyone’s admiration. Bhatia's adventures on hole no. 13, even with the unique graphic animation, remain quite astonishing...

This drive measured at less than 100 meters will surely remain as the shortest recorded this season on the PGA Tour. But it ended without any unfortunate consequences for the American… 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.

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