Bryson DeChambeau had a strange interaction with a PGA Tour official during the first round of the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Tennessee on Thursday.
DeChambeau’s shot over the seventh hole was sent to the track. When he went to inspect his ball, he saw that he was sitting near what he called a hill of fire ants. He called in official Ken Tackett rules to inspect the ball and tried to defend the free fall under the “Dangerous Animal Condition” rule.
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“It’s a different color,” he told Tackett, according to ESPN. “It’s a different color. It looks like an ant hole or an ant zone.
Tackett explained to DeChambeau that he did not see ants as the color of fire ants. He told the player, “Yeah, I don̵7;t see any fire ants in the sense that it would be a dangerous situation, you know.”
DeChambeau then argued that there were two holes burying animals behind his ball.
“Is there anything there?” he asked. “What’s this? There are two.”
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Tackett was unconvinced as DeChambeau seemed to notice a “red ant” coming out of the hill. Tackett said he did not interfere with DeChambeau’s stance. The golfer finished the hole with a double bogey.
DeChambeau explained what he was trying to do after his round. He didn’t think Tackett was making the wrong call.
“It was weird,” he said, according to Sky Sports. “So there was discolored dirt and I saw a couple of red ants there and I was thinking, hmm, anthill, maybe I could get something or maybe not.
“I asked him and it was like‘ well, it must be, you know, kind of dangerous. And it was just an anthill, so there was an argument there and I didn’t think it was necessary to fall.
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“So I’m always going to respect the officials and I’m going, ” No, I’m not okay, it’s okay. ‘
DeChambeau finished tied for ninth after the first round with a 3-goal partial.