During the first round of WGC-FedEx St. The Jude Invitational in Tennessee had a special interaction with Bryson DeChambeau with an official PGA Tour official.
The DeChambeau T-shirt on the seventh hole was sent to the rough position. When he went to check the ball, he noticed that he was sitting near what he called the hill of fire and the ant. He called on the rules official, Ken Tackett, to check the ball and try to defend the free fall under the “Dangerous Animal Condition” rule.
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“It’s a different color,” he told Tackett, according to ESPN. “It̵7;s a different color. It looks like an ant hole – or an ant area. “
Tackett explained to DeChambeau that he had not seen the ants have the color of fire ants. He told the golfer, “Yes, I don’t see any ants in the sense that it would be a dangerous situation.”
DeChambeau then claimed that there were two animal crushing holes behind his ball.
“Is there something?” he asked. “What is it? There are two. “
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Tackett was not convinced, while DeChambeau seemed to notice a “red ant” coming down the hill. Tackett said it did not interfere with DeChambeau’s position. The golfer completed 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 told Sky Sports. “So there was colored dirt and I saw some red ants there and I thought, hmm, an anthill, I’ll get something or not.”
“I asked him and he was like, ‘Well, it must be, you know, the kind that could endanger you.’ And it was just an anthill, so there was only discussion and he didn’t think it was necessary to drop.
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“So I’ll always respect the officials and go, ‘OK, no problem, that’s okay.’
After the first round, DeChambeau finished in ninth place with a ground floor below par.