Dog wanders on to green, interrupts Paul Casey’s eagle putt by picking up ball (pics)
There are plenty enough things for golfers to concern themselves with while he or she is lining up a putt: speed, line, form, etc., so any distractions that take away from the focus needed to hole a putt are unwelcome.
An overly enthusiastic gallery that won’t quiet down is one good example. A yet unheard example as far as I can gather is what happened to Paul Casey on Friday on the 12th hole of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in St. Andrews, Scotland.
Playing in the pro-am event alongside US Olympic champ Michael Phelps, Casey was eyeing a 20-foot eagle putt when a canine intruder ambled on to the green and obviously unaware of appropriate golf etiquette, proceeded to scoop up Casey’s ball in his mouth.
Said the amusingly befuddled Englishman (via Golf.com):
It’s the weirdest thing I’ve ever had happen on a golf course,” said Casey, who was playing at Kingsbarns. “I noticed the dog on the 12th tee and he sort of followed us down the fairway before taking a real liking to my golf ball.”
A spectator near the 13th hole’s tee box stopped the canine thief and the ball was returned to Casey. A rules official inspected the ball and allowed Casey to continue to use it.
Oh, and for what it’s worth, Casey two-putted from 20 feet for a birdie. But I am sure in his mind, he probably would have preferred an eagle, and if it hadn’t been for that mangy mutt, he might have drained his bid for it. Doggone it.