Bryson DeChambo had a strange interaction with a PGA Tour official during the first round of WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Tennessee on Thursday.
DeCembo’s triple shot on the seventh hole was sent into the rough. When he went to examine his ball, he saw that it was sitting near what he called a fire ant hill. He called on official rules Ken Tuckett to inspect the ball and tried to justify 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 ̵
Thackett explained to DeChambo that he did not see that the ants were the color of fire ants. He told the golfer, “Yes, I don’t see any fire ants in the sense that this would be a dangerous situation.”
DeShembo then argued that there were two holes behind his ball that were thrown at animals.
“Is there something right there?” he asked. “What is that thing? There are two of them. “
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Tackett wasn’t convinced until DeChambeau spotted a “red ant” coming down the hill. Taket said that did not interfere with DeShambo’s position. The golfer finished the hole with a double shaman.
Deschamps explained what he was trying to do after his round. He didn’t think Taket was making the wrong call.
“It was weird,” he told Sky Sports. “So there was discolored dirt and I saw some red ants there and I thought, um, anthill, maybe I’ll take something or maybe I won’t.”
“I asked him, and he looked like, ‘Well, it must be, he’s threatening you.’ And it was just an anthill, so there was just a discussion there and he didn’t think it was necessary to drop.
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“So I’ll always respect the employees and go, ‘OK, no problem, that’s good.’ It didn’t help that I had a really bad lie with two twigs placed between my ball. That’s what it is. “
DeChambeau finished in ninth place after the first round with a 3-under par.