NASSAU, Bahamas: Jordan Spieth first almost went off the curve. He then tied his ball a little ahead of the marker before Henrik Stanson pointed it out. That was their least problem at the Ninth Hall on Sunday at the Hero World Challenge.
He was playing from the 17th tee.
To spice up the final round at Albany, PGA moved the Tour Tea Box forward to par-5 ninth hole to give more players a chance to reach the green in two. They used the original ninth tee for the par-3 17th so that the hole was a little shorter and ran over the water.
Both tea boxes had a white mark indicating a hole. Spith and Stains were not noticed.
We kept our heads down rather than finishing out at Hall No. 8 and went into the 9T box we made on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and put the ball down and hit some beautiful tea shots, Stans said. Then when we went down to the ball, the rules officer said, did you hit from the right tea box?
In a way, they were lucky. If they had finished the hole without a chance to correct the error, they would have been disqualified. He returned to the right tee, played the hole and added a two-shot penalty. Stanes scored 7, Spith 8.
Otherwise, they were unlucky.
My question was whether we could just finish 19th and 20th (place) and leave after 9, Stansen said. But it was not an option.
They finished the round: Spith had a double bogey and a triple bogey in the back nine, as well as four birdies in the 76 to finish last. Stanes scored 72 and is second.
Spith said a notification was received when they checked in to start the round about the new yardage for the two holes. He wishes there had been a little more clarity about how the tea boxes were changing.
I didn’t really think we would be fined because it’s a charity event, but then I realized it involved a world ranking and that’s all, Spithe said. I think the frustrating part for us now is that every other group … they’re making sure to tell them, but for us they weren’t. It obviously didn’t matter to us, which for those people I think is lucky.