Branden Grace is contending at the BMW PGA Championship thanks in part to a questionable ruling he received during the opening round at Wentworth. Grace opened the European Tour's flagship event with rounds of 68-71, and at 5 under he sits two shots behind Belgium's Thomas Pieters. But he's facing criticism for a free drop he received after his ball plugged into the face of a greenside bunker on the 13th hole Thursday. The South African appeared to be headed for a double bogey, but after digging his feet into the sand he called over European Tour rules official Mark Hill and explained that his feet were touching the rubber sheet at the bottom of the bunker. That prevented him from taking his
Matt Cooper is a golf writer from the United Kingdom who has worked for SkySports.com and SportingLife.com. He is a writer for Golf365.com and a number of print magazines. VIRGINIA WATER, England -- The fairways, galleries and players were bathed in glorious sunshine during Round 2 of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, but on the hottest day of the year, Ian Poulter didn't need the weather to heat him up -- his putter did that. "Oh yeah, I'm a little warm," he wisecracked at the end of his 3-under-par second round of 69, which left him 1 over for the tournament and 2 strokes inside the cutline. "I'm really frustrated to be honest," he added rather unnecessarily, his entire being twitching
Jon Rahm was at Colonial during tournament week each of the past two years to accept the Ben Hogan Award that goes to the nation's top college golfer. With his 4-under 66 on Thursday, Rahm was a stroke behind first-round leaders Kelly Kraft, Derek Fathauer and PGA Tour rookie J.T. Poston.