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Golf's Most Embarrassing Moment in 2017?

Lexi Thompson was at the centre of a huge rules controversy in April.
Golf’s had some embarrassing moments so far this year but which one takes the cake?

Lexi Thompson’s 4-shot penalty sparked by her improperly replacing her ball at the first major of the year – the ANA Inspiration – certainly drew the most headlines of any rules drama to date.

It even triggered a change to the rules of golf regarding video evidence, ensuring a player could escape penalty if found to have replaced their ball in the wrong spot on the green as long as “reasonable judgment” was used.

It was that rule change that allowed Jon Rahm to avoid penalty for clearly replacing his ball in the wrong place on the green at the European Tour’s Irish Open, which he went on to win by six shots.

Some critics suggested Rahm should have been penalised.

Last month, the final women’s major of the year, the Evian Championship, was reduced to 54 holes after the LPGA Tour decided to cancel the first round because of inclement weather.

Dozens of players had completed up to 8 holes on the Thursday and tournament organisers faced criticism for deciding against a suspension of play that would have kept alive the possibility of a 72-hole event.

And last week, the Korean LPGA Tour made a rare appearance in global golf headlines after it too cancelled the opening round of an event but for reasons very different to what transpired at Evian.

First round scores at the KB Financial Star Championship were scrapped because of player confusion caused by the fringe and the green not being clearly defined.

Question: Which incident this year has been most embarrassing for the game of golf?
  • Lexi Thompson's 4-shot penalty which cost her a major title at the ANA Inspiration
    56%
  • Jon Rahm avoiding a penalty after a similar incident on his way to winning the Irish Open
    9%
  • The Evian Championship - a women's major - reduced to 54 holes on Thursday because of weather
    6%
  • Cancelling Round 1 of the KLPGA's KB Financial Star Championship
    28%
  • Other
    2%

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