British Open: David Duval makes 14 in 'God-awful nightmare' scenario

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British Open: David Duval makes 14 in 'God-awful nightmare' scenario

2019 British Open

British Open: David Duval makes 14 in 'God-awful nightmare' scenario

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PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland — David Duval got off to a fantastic start in the British Open. After birdieing his first two holes and reaching Royal Portrush’s 5th tee 2-under, he was one off the lead.

But the 2001 British Open champion then went quadruple bogey, bogey and 13 at the par-5 7th, adding him to the history books for Open futility.

The 8-over-par tally — changed to a 14 later after the round when the R&A updated the two-shot penalty to the correct number — tied the second highest score in championship history. It matched D. Murdoch’s 14 at Prestwick in 1925 and was just short of Herman Tissie’s 15 at Troon’s Postage Stamp in 1950.

After posting a 90, the score was later changed to 91, but without penalty to Duval because the scoring mistake was not his.

“The adjustment was made following an error in reviewing his score on the 7th hole,” an R&A statement said nearly two hours after Duval’s round ended. “David lost his first two balls from the tee and then played a wrong ball for the third ball played from the tee. On discovering the mistake at the green he had to return to where the wrong ball was played but the correct ball could not be found. Therefore he had to play again from the tee for a fourth time under penalty of stroke and distance.

“He played six shots in completing the hole with the fourth ball from the tee. He incurred a two-shot penalty for playing the wrong ball but the strokes played with the wrong ball do not count in his score.”

Duval spoke to reporters following the long round.

“I had a couple of bad tee shots, and then we thought the marshal had my ball, asked if it was a Titleist 2,” Duval explained. “I looked at it and saw a two and played almost the entirety of the hole it turns out with the wrong ball.

“So then I had to go back to the tee and basically start the hole over. A very unique, awful situation.”

Duval received a two-stroke penalty for playing the wrong ball but the rest of his shots with that ball were wiped out.

“I am at fault, I didn’t check it myself close enough,” he said, noting that Zach Johnson’s caddie, Brett Waldman, noticed that Duval was possibly playing the wrong ball.

Duval has withdrawn after the first round in two of the last three British Opens, but vowed to keep going as he battles tendinitis in his arm.

“I believe in what I do. I know the difference between timeframe-wise eight years ago and now. It is not reflective of anything I have been doing, it is one of those God-awful nightmare scenarios which happened today and I happened to be on the end of it.”

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