Bryson DeShembo had a strange interaction with a PGA Tour official during the first round of WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Tennessee on Thursday.
Decamo’s Tee shot in the seventh hole was sent to the rough. When he went to inspect his bullet, he saw that he was sitting next to what he called a hill of fire ants. He urged official officer Ken Tuckett to inspect the ball and tried to deny a free drop under the “Dangerous Animal Condition” rule.
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“It’s a different color,” he told Tuckett, according to ESPN. “It’s a different color. It̵7;s like an ant hole – or an ant zone. “
Tuckett explained to DeCembo that he did not see that the ants were the color of fiery ants. He told the golfer, “Yeah, I don’t see any fire ants in the sense that it would be, you know, a dangerous situation.”
DeShembo then claimed that behind his ball were two holes burying animals.
“Something there?” he asked. “What kind of thing is this? The two of them.”
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Tuckett was unconvinced until DeCembo noticed a “red ant” coming out of the hill. Tuckett said that did not interfere with DeShembo’s position. The golfer ended the hole with a double scam.
Deschamps explained what he was trying to do after his round. He didn’t think Tuckett was making the wrong call.
“It was weird,” he said, according to Sky Sports. “So there was a discolored dirt, and I saw a couple of red ants there, and I thought, um, anthill, I might or may not get something.
“I asked him, and he kind of said,‘ Well, that probably threatens you. ’And it was just an anthill, so there was just a discussion, and he didn’t think it was necessary for a drop.
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So I will always respect the officials and go, “Okay, no question, that’s good.” It didn’t help that I also lied very badly, with two twigs trapped between my ball. is “.
DeShembo ended in a ninth draw after the first round with a face value of 3 below.