US PGA: Leader Mito Pereira in drop controversy

Mito Pereira Drop

It wouldn’t be a major championship without a rules controversy, would it?

This time it was Mito Pereira at the PGA Championship. Leading by three shots at the time, the Chilean took a VERY debatable drop on the ninth.

After finding the first cut down the left, Pereira found his ball lying in the crosswalk, meaning he was able to take a drop.

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However, rather than taking the ball back on a line with the pin, he elected to drop it on the fairway within a clublength of its original position.

He was granted relief under a local rule, which allows players free relief plus an additional clublength from abnormal course conditions.

There was no suggestion Pereira had done anything untoward regarding the rules – but the decision to drop on the fairway proved controversial.

Several viewers, including Sky Sports analyst Wayne Riley, were unhappy, with the Australian commenting: “I just don’t believe this drop.

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“You’re supposed to keep the line of the flag.”

The decision didn’t make too much difference to the Chilean, who still missed the green on the way to a bogey.

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