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Spare a thought for French pro Clément Berardo. 

The 32-year-old today suffered the ignominy that every golfer lives in mortal fear of – running out of balls.

Playing in the opening round of the Andalucia-Costa del Sol Match Play 9 on the Challenge Tour, Berardo ran out of ammo after losing a ball on the 16th hole at the Valle Romano course in Spain.

As a result, he was disqualified from the tournament.

Yep. Dee-kew’d.

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It’s not clear how many balls Berardo had in his bag to begin with but a quick look at his scorecard paints a sorry picture of his day.

After opening with a quadruple-bogey nine on the first, he had further bogeys on the sixth and eighth holes, reaching the turn in 41. He subsequently doubled the tenth and dropped yet more shots on the 14th and 15th holes before running out of balls on the par-5 16th.

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Famously, Tiger Woods came within a ball of suffering the same fate during the 2000 US Open at Pebble Beach, although he didn’t know it at the time. It was only sometime later that his then caddie Steve Williams revealed how close Woods had come to the ultimate embarrassment. 

He didn’t, though. Instead, he went on to win by a record 15 shots. 

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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