Eddie Pepperell was disqualified from the Turkish Airlines Open for something you think would never happen to a professional golfer. Running out of golf balls.
During the third round at Montgomerie Maxx Royal golf course, Pepperell hit as many as five golf balls into the water on the par-5 fourth hole. Pepperell was grouped with Martin Kaymer of Germany and George Coetzee of South Africa.
“Eddie hit his shots to the green then came over to tell us he had run out of balls,” Kaymer said to reporters. “Then he walked off. I thought he lost four or five. We are 80 percent sure it was five, 20 percent four. He was quick, so it was hard to keep track. He did not ask if he could borrow one from me or George. It did not look like he wanted to play. He did not putt with his putter on the third hole; he putted with a wedge. So there was a lot happening.”
“I have never seen anything like that before. I only watched it on television in ‘Tin Cup’. This was the first time I have seen it live,” Kaymer added.
Failure to complete a hole was the official reason for Pepperell’s disqualification from the $7 million purse. Although he did not borrow a ball, which he could have, and taken a two stroke penalty in addition to the penalties he took from the water hazard. However, he still would have been disqualified if he was unable to find the same brand and style of golf ball he started with.
The Nedbank Golf Challenge, which takes the top 60 players in the Race to Dubai, is the next tournament Pepperell is eligible to play in. It takes place in two weeks.