An oddity occurred during the second round of the Puntacana Championship on the PGA Tour. Tyler Duncan lost his clubhead on the tee shot.
Normally in golf, after the tee shot, a small white ball should fly towards the hole. On the PGA Tour, however, something special happened on Friday, where not only the ball got up and away. Tyler Duncan, American professional golfer, was amazed when the clubhead of his driver suddenly fell off on the 15th tee and launched in a high arc towards the fairway. But what do you have to consider if the equipment breaks down on the round? Golf Post enlightens.
PGA Tour: Goodbye Clubhead
Tyler Duncan started his back nine at the Puntacana Resort & Club on Friday afternoon with a lot of tailwind. After an early bogey, the American recorded a whopping six birdies in a row before he started the second half of the course. Here, too, things continued to go well for him and he placed his ball in a good mood on the tee of the 15th hole. A good shot followed, centered on the fairway, and a curiosity that you don’t see every day. After Duncan had put his ball up in the air, the club head of his driver suddenly became independent and said goodbye to the shaft.
After a brief contact with the ground, the black piece disappeared behind the sloping hill around the tee. Duncan was amazed, but couldn’t complain about his punch. “I’ve never seen or experienced that before,” Duncan said after his round, describing the feeling as follows: “You hit your tee shot and then swing into an air hole”. Incidentally, despite all the oddities, he ended the hole with another birdie and advanced to T4 in the leaderboard.
Rules of Golf: What happens if the club breaks on the round?
While it doesn’t typically happen that a golf club splits in two, Tyler Duncan’s drive proves it can. How to proceed in such a case? First of all, you should definitely collect the fallen part of the lawn and not leave it lying around. Duncan and his flight tried that too, but without success. After a few minutes of searching, you gave up to keep the flow of the game. The Titleist TSR2 club head was finally found. After that, as the PGA Tour tweeted on their social media account, there is the following rule: “With a club damaged in the normal course of play, he can have it repaired or replaced during the round if possible”.
Means in German: If a racket breaks during the normal course of the game, it can be repaired or replaced. Provided it is possible for the player or his caddy. Duncan also wanted to make use of this rule and asked an official to get his replacement driver from the hotel room. However, this did not come into the American’s room, which is why Duncan had to finish his round without a driver. “Finishing with no driver isn’t really what you want, but I hit two great 3-woods and two great 4-irons,” said Duncan, who finished the round with three straight pars. Incidentally, these included two par 4s over 400 meters long. And by the way, Duncan also played them against the wind. And all this without a driver – hats off!