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Why Parnevik was penalised for NOT taking a mulligan

Jesper Parnevik fell foul of an unusual Rule of Golf during the final round of the PGA Tour Champions' SAS Championship. But what did he do?
 

It’s not often golf’s rules give you the chance to have another go. Perhaps that’s why Jesper Parnevik missed out on the opportunity to take a mulligan during the final round of the PGA Tour Champions’ SAS Championship on Sunday – and paid the penalty.

The Swede fell foul of one of golf’s more bizarre regulations but the circumstances that led to it were just as ridiculous.

Parnevik was dealing with a short bogey putt at the par-3 3rd at Prestonwood CC, in North Carolina, when the ball lipped out of the hole and struck his foot.

He probably thought nothing of it and tapped in for what be believed was a double-bogey five.

Unfortunately, his score was about to get a bit worse.

Parnevik had fallen foul of Rule 11.1, which covers a ball in motion that accidentally hits a person or outside influence.

Now, usually, there is no penalty when this happens and the player is forced to accept the result – whether that is positive or negative.

Exception 2, though, says when a ball played from a putting green accidentally hits any person, animal or movable obstruction on the putting green “the stroke does not count and the original ball or another ball must be replaced on its original spot”.

Parnevik clearly didn’t do this – as he putted in – and he ended up having to take a treble-bogey six.

Why? So the first putt doesn’t count and he should have replaced it. The second – the tap in – does but because he has now played a ball from a wrong place he picks up the general penalty, which is two strokes.

It might have stumped rules officials on the spot – a Reuters report said onsite officials phoned the USGA for clarification – but the more observant of you will have seen this rule in action already this season.

Paul Casey nearly came a cropper at the Porsche European Open when video footage showed his ball had rolled over a moving insect as it dropped into the hole.

The Englishman avoided a penalty because he wasn’t aware of the incident – a defence that, unfortunately, was unavailable to Parnevik.

Steve Carroll

Steve Carroll

A journalist for 25 years, Steve has been immersed in club golf for almost as long. A former club captain, he has passed the Level 3 Rules of Golf exam with distinction having attended the R&A's prestigious Tournament Administrators and Referees Seminar.

Steve has officiated at a host of high-profile tournaments, including Open Regional Qualifying, PGA Fourball Championship, English Men's Senior Amateur, and the North of England Amateur Championship. In 2023, he made his international debut as part of the team that refereed England vs Switzerland U16 girls.

A part of NCG's Top 100s panel, Steve has a particular love of links golf and is frantically trying to restore his single-figure handicap. He currently floats at around 11.

Steve plays at Close House, in Newcastle, and York GC, where he is a member of the club's matches and competitions committee and referees the annual 36-hole scratch York Rose Bowl.

Having studied history at Newcastle University, he became a journalist having passed his NTCJ exams at Darlington College of Technology.

What's in Steve's bag: TaylorMade Stealth 2 driver, 3-wood, and hybrids; TaylorMade Stealth 2 irons; TaylorMade Hi-Toe, Ping ChipR, Sik Putter.

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