golf: US falls behind Europe after wrong drop ruling

2013-08-17T00:00:00Z golf: US falls behind Europe after wrong drop rulingThe Associated Press The Associated Press
August 17, 2013 12:00 am  • 

PARKER, Colo. - With a little help from an incorrect ruling, Europe took an important step Friday toward winning the Solheim Cup on American soil.

Carlota Ciganda of Spain was allowed to hit from the wrong spot and salvaged an unlikely par from a hazard on the par-5 15th hole, keeping her and Suzann Pettersen from falling behind in a pivotal fourballs match. Pettersen won the next hole with a birdie, sending them from 2 down at the turn to a 1-up victory that staked Europe to a 5-3 lead.

A long day at Colorado Golf Club ended with Stacy Lewis, on the losing end of that match, getting into a heated discussion with an official over the use of a laser by the official to determine the right drop.

Along with using a laser, she was upset with the length of the chaotic ruling. The laser was used to make sure Ciganda's options would be equal distance from the hole. Turns out that wasn't the problem. Ciganda was allowed to drop 40 yards behind, which is not allowed under Rule 26-1-c.

LPGA Tour rules official Brad Alexander, called in for a second opinion, incorrectly allowed Ciganda to hit from that spot. Because an official made the ruling, it stood even though it was wrong. It was the first of four matches in the afternoon. Momentum was on the American side. And the three groups behind them were stacked up for a half-hour waiting.

It was a tough day for Lewis, coming off a Women's British Open title at St. Andrews.

Lewis struggled with the pace of lightning-fast greens on the front nine as she and Lizette Salas fell too far behind to catch up in morning foursomes. Lewis played with another U.S. rookie, Lexi Thompson, who twice squandered good birdie chances late in the fourballs. Lewis is 1-5 in the Solheim Cup.

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PGA Tour

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Tour rookie Patrick Reed shot a 6-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead over John Huh after the second round of the Wyndham Championship.

With wife Justine serving as his caddie, Reed had an 11-under 129 total at Sedgefield.

Huh had the best round of the day - a 62. John Deere winner Jordan Spieth was 9 under after a 66. Spieth is a Tour rookie, and Huh is in his second year.

Charlie Wi, Bob Estes, Rory Sabbatini, Brian Harman, Jim Herman and first-round co-leader Ross Fisher were 7 under.

Champions Tour

ENDICOTT, N.Y. - Kenny Perry shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the Champions Tour's Dick's Sporting Goods Open.

Perry, the Senior Players and U.S. Senior Open winner this summer, had three birdies over the final four holes to surge past Bart and Brad Bryant and Joel Edwards.

Perry's round turned with a brilliant shot at the par-5 12th hole. He holed a 6-iron from 187 yards for eagle. He also had six birdies, hitting 15 fairways and putting 26 times.

U.S. Amateur

BROOKLINE, Mass. - Australians Brady Watt and Oliver Goss advanced to the U.S. Amateur semifinals along with Canada's Corey Conners and England's Matt Fitzpatrick, marking the first time that an American has failed to reach the final four.

Watt, a co-medalist in stroke-play qualifying, had a dramatic 1-up victory over 17-year-old Scottie Scheffler of Dallas. Scheffler, the U.S. Junior Amateur champion, had a hole-in-one on the par-3 seventh.

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