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Video: New Definition Of Taking Relief

Nicolas Colsaerts is in deep doodoo, the game has gone down the toilet and, well, the list goes on and on.

Thanks to reader Ruediger for the link to this video from the Volvo World Match Play showing Colsaerts taking relief from a 10th hole restroom. (Graeme McDowell won the match play over Thongchai Jaidee Sunday.)

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If I had to play that course, I'd be taking refuge inside that bathroom. From what I can tell, Golf in Hell. Golf in Hell.
05.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterTrotsky
Evidence of the new normal is playing out with Keegan Bradleey on his 3rd hole today at 2.07pm.

Hit his tee shot in the water but couldn't see exactly where. Caddie and Keegan trying to get the best spot, Faldo told the roving announcer it was forward of that, rover inserted himself into the situation....caddie and Keegan threw hands up and called for Slugger. Could hear caddie saying "we don't want any sort of discrepancy here"...

Are we going to get some detailed CAD/CAM analysis of this one? Hello 7 hour rounds!
05.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
A Tour ref who was there and who's opinion I respect says it is a fantastic course.He plays off 2 and has travelled the world through golf- so some harsh comments from people who have never seen the place I feel.
05.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChico
The armchair officials seem to have won the battle. Every waterball will henceforth lead to a twenty-minute halt in play. Good for the game, really.
05.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterHawkeye
05.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMacDuff
At first I thought he actually hit the ball into the restroom, but apparently he flied it over top of it and into the woods. Can someone explain then why he had to actually mark the ball in the stall and then proceed to measure and drop ? Seemed like a waste of time. Thanks!
05.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
@ Chico,
professionals are losing golf balls left and right and were to take a "tour ref's" word that its a good course, which is spread in the form of second hand information by you?

No thank you. I'll stay with my opinion of what I've seen on TV.
05.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterTrotsky
Wow! that put me in my place.
05.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChico
My muni's 10th hole restroom is a birch tree.
05.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAG
Having a good prolonged laugh about that one chico! Seems your credibility has taken a real hit since lately ;0) are the man.

JFTR, this course ranked 49th out of 52 in the PGA Tour player poll. The only tracks ranking worse were TPC San Antonio, Dove Mountain and Liberty National. Results are here (scroll down):

As an aside, here's where the TPC courses shake out in the context of the overall...

1. Augusta National GC (Augusta, Ga., The Masters)
2. Harbour Town GL (Hilton Head Island, S.C., The Heritage)
3. Riviera CC (Pacific Palisades, Calif., Northern Trust Open)
4. Pebble Beach GL (Pebble Beach, Calif., AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am)
5. Colonial CC (Fort Worth, Tex., Crown Plaza Invitational)
6. Muirfield Village GC (Dublin, Ohio, The Memorial)
11. TPC Sawgrass - Stadium (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., The Players)

23. TPC Southwind (Memphis, Tenn., FedEx St. Jude Classic)
24. TPC Deere Run (Silvis, Ill., John Deere Classic)
25. TPC River Highlands (Cromwell, Conn., Travelers Championship)

28. TPC Scottsdale (Scottsdale, Ariz., Waste Management Phoenix Open)
29. TPC Boston (Norton, Mass., Deutsche Bank Championship)

39. TPC Summerlin (Las Vegas, Nev., Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals For Children Open)

45. TPC Louisiana (Avondale, La., Zurich Classic of New Orleans)

49. TPC Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas (Irving, Tex., HP Byron Nelson Championship)
50. TPC San Antonio - AT&T Oaks (San Antonio, Tex., Valero Texas Open)

52. Liberty National GC (Jersey City, N.J., The Barclays)

(list from January 2012)
05.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Mostly pines where I play. The occasional bunch of pampas grass in the summer.
05.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
He flushed that one!
05.19.2013 | Unregistered Commentermetro18
Are you paying your brother a visit anytime soon Ky?
05.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
That's just not where you want an immovable obstruction.
05.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterF. X. Flinn
Brian. The hazard line was behind the building. The two club lengths from the hazard line ended up right in the bathroom, which is why he had to make the drop there. Then it was determined that the ball was in an immovable object and was allowed to take free relief from there.
05.20.2013 | Unregistered CommenterTine
Chico - one of the TV commentators, a South African I think, not Sam Torrance or the other Scot said it was the best course he's ever been on in the world. The Scot commentator was a bit surprised but didn't argue. The place must be in the top ten spectacular scenic golf course sites in the world.
Colin-best course ever sounds a bit OTT - more what you would expect from The Donald-but those who were there seem to really rate it and my ref pal Kevin says he's going to go there for a holiday -so maybe its not too bad!!
05.20.2013 | Unregistered Commenterchico
Metro 18 +1
05.20.2013 | Unregistered CommenterHawkeye
Colin, don't let this hear John Huggan. He blew up on Twitter about the course and got some support from Darius Oliver and Michael Clayton
05.21.2013 | Unregistered Commenterron
Oh well if Huggan says its rubbish then it must be!!
05.21.2013 | Unregistered Commenterchico

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