Bryson DeChambeau pleads for bullet drop on suspected fire ants, animal holes

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Bryson DeChambeau had a strange interaction with a PGA Tour official during the first round of the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Tennessee on Thursday.

DeChambeau’s tee shot on the seventh hole was sent into the rough. When he went to inspect his ball, he saw that it was sitting near what he called a fire anthill. He called rules official Ken Tackett to inspect the ball and attempted to argue for a free drop under the “Dangerous Animal 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 an ant hole – or an ant zone. ”

Tackett explained to DeChambeau that he couldn’t see that the ants were the color of fire ants. He said to the golfer, “Yeah, I don’t see any fire ants in a way that would be, you know, a dangerous situation.” ”

DeChambeau then argued that there were two holes for digging animals behind his bullet.

“Something in there?” He asked. ” What is this thing? There are two.

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Tackett was not convinced as DeChambeau seemed to notice a “red ant” coming out of the hill. Tackett said it doesn’t interfere with DeChambeau’s position. The golfer finished the hole with a double bogey.

DeChambeau explained what he was trying to do after his round. He didn’t think Tackett was making the wrong call.

“It was weird,” he said, according to Sky Sports. “So there was some discolored dirt and I saw a few red ants there and I was thinking, hmm, anthill, I may or may not have something.

“I asked him the question and he said, ‘Well, that must be, you know, kinda endangering yourself.’ And it was just an anthill, so there was just a discussion there and he didn’t think it was necessary for a drop.

Bryson DeChambeau watches his tee shot on the 17th hole during the first round of the World Golf Championship-FedEx St. Jude Invitational Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Memphis, Tennessee (AP Photo / Mark Humphrey)

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“So I will always respect the officials and say, ‘OK, no problem, that’s good’. It didn’t help that I had a very, very bad lie too, with two twigs lodged between my ball. It is what it is.

DeChambeau finished tied for ninth after the first round with a par 3 under.

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