Thursday Bryson DeChambeau had an odd interaction with a PGA Tour official during the first round of the WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational in Tennessee on Thursday.
DeChambeau’s shot on the seventh hole was sent in the rough. When he went to inspect his ball, he saw that he was sitting next to what he called a fire pit. He asked officer Ken Tackett for the rules to inspect the ball and tried to argue for a free drop under the “Dangerous Animals Condition” rule.
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“It’s a different color,” he told Tackett, according to ESPN. “It’s a different color. It looks like a nemba hole ̵1; or an ant area.”
Tackett explained to DeChambeau that he did not see that ants were the color of fire ants. He told the golfer, “Yes, I don’t see any ants in the fire in a sense that could be, you know, a dangerous situation.”
DeChambeau then argued that there were two holes to cushion the animals behind his ball.
“Anything there?” asked her. “What is this thing? There are two of them.”
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Tackett was unconvinced while DeChambeau appeared to notice a “red ant” coming out of the hill. Tackett said he was not interfering in DeChambeau’s position. The golfer finished the hole with a double ball.
DeChambeau explained what he was trying to do after his round. It doesn’t look like Tackett was making a bad call.
“That was weird,” he said, according to Sky Sports. “So there was discolored dirt and I saw a few red ants there and I was thinking, hmm, ancillary, could I have something or maybe not.
“I asked him and it was like,‘ well, it must be, you know, kind of a danger to you. ’And he was just an ancillary, so there was just a discussion there and he didn’t seem to need to go down.
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“So I’ll always respect the officers and go, ‘OK, no matter, okay.’ It doesn’t help that I had a really bad lie, with two branches placed between my ball. That’s what it is. “
DeChambeau finished ninth after the first round with a 3-under par.