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Oct 14th, 2017

2 shot penalty for stolen ball at Italian Open

Why the rules of golf are sometimes so unfair!

Sometimes the rules of golf just seem so unfair, as New Zelander Ryan Fox was hit with a two–stroke penalty when a spectator stole his ball!

Ryan Fox, a 30-year-old New Zealande,r was playing his first round at the Italian Open with Graeme Storm and Ashun Wu, when a spectator stole his ball on the 9th hole.

It’s one thing to have your ball stolen, but then to be hit with a two shot penalty just seems so unfair.

He double-bogeyed the hole, and had to sign for a one-under –par 70.  The penalty was the difference between being T36 and T68 after round one and, as things stood, making the cut. In the end he added a 73 for his second round, and missed the weekend, but that two shot penalty can only have played on his mind.

This is what he Tweeted after his round:


Fox also had the misfortune to lose his sticks en route from the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, so he’s really not having a fair rub of the green at the moment.


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TAGS: Players, Tournaments, News, 2017