Grace Gets Torched For Taking Drop at BMW PGA

While Ernie Els improved his already-immaculate public image by taking a penalty he didn’t need to take, fellow South African Branden Grace is facing scrutiny for a decision he made on the course.

 
Grace got relief from a bunker after claiming that he could not take a proper stance due to the rubber lining beneath the sand. Grace is now defending the action after criticism from other players. Grace finished the round at four-under 68, just two strokes off the BMW PGA Championship lead.

Bullets

  • Into Bunker: Branden Grace hit his second shot on the par-4 13th hole into a bunker.
  • Digging In: After twisting his feet attempting to make a proper stance, Grace reached the rubber-lining under the bunker and called a rules official over, who then allowed him to take a drop. He bogeyed the hole, although it looked appeared he would do worse before the drop.
  • Prosecution: The drop was met with much criticism. Danny Willett took to Twitter, asking for an explanation of why burying his feet got him a drop. TV analyst Paul McGinley called it ridiculous, saying that anyone can reach the rubber lining if they twist their feet enough.
  • Defense: Grace defended his actions, noting that he was standing on a steep upslope. He was familiar with the rule and did not feel guilty for getting the relief.

Quotable

“A rule is a rule, and I took advantage of the rule there, and it helped knowing the rule in some respects. Fortunately for me, I got away with a good drop but I still made bogey. The rules are there for a reason. Sometimes it works in your advantage, and sometimes it doesn’t. In this case it did.”
Branden Grace


This post appeared originally as part of the Daily Rundown.


Joel Cook

Joel Cook is Pro Golf Weekly's Lead Writer.



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