On Friday, PGA Tour pro Kelly Kraft caught a bizarre bad break that caused him to miss the cut at the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head, South Carolina’s Harbour Town golf course.
Kelly hit what he said felt like a clean tee shot on the par 3 14th hole that hit a bird mid-flight before dropping into the water in front of the hole.
Kraft appealed for a re-do, invoking the cancel-and-replay rule that allows a golfer another shot without penalty if his shot hits a man-made object such as a power line. Since a bird isn’t a man-made object, officials didn’t award him another shot, forcing him to take a drop from the water and a penalty, because golf.
Kraft double-bogeyed the hole and missed the cut and a payday by one stroke.
“It cost me the cut, most likely,” Kraft told PGATour.com. “There was a helping wind, and I hit a 7-iron, caught it perfect. It was probably 30 yards off the tee box and this giant, black bird swooped in front of it and hit it and the ball fell 20 yards short in the water. It would’ve been in the middle of the green. It might have been close. I got screwed.”
The bird appeared to be OK, flying away after the collision according to PGATour.com.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) took notice and on Saturday did not appear sympathetic to Kraft’s cause in a statement made to USA Today.
“PETA is glad the bird is OK and sorry Kelly Kraft didn’t advance, but that’s not the bird’s fault,” PETA representative Lisa Lange told USA Today in a statement. “Of course, he would have advanced if he’d played better on other holes — so practice, practice, practice.”
PETA golf burn. Ouch.
Lange also reminded golf patrons and tournament to be kind to animals.
“To tournament holders: If animals are ever injured, they must be taken to a veterinarian right away.”
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