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Is this protecting the field?

Tony Finau sparked controversy during Monday's final round of the 2017 Safeway Open.
During the final round of the Safeway Open in Napa, California on Monday, Tony Finau received a fortunate break when the bunker shot he was playing from a plugged lie in a greenside bunker at the 12th hole hit an opponent's ball and allowed him to save par. 

Finau would go on to finish runner-up meaning the break could well have saved him US$200,000.

Some might suggest it was just a rare incident and should be considered just 'rub of the green' while others feel his playing partner had a duty of care to the field to ensure that the chance of such benefit was eliminated.

What are your thoughts?

One of the worst #ProtectTheField examples I've ever seen. Finau 2 shots off the lead, ended up saving par from a plugged lie. pic.twitter.com/TsKHqHLrNK

— Will Gray (@WillGrayGC) October 8, 2017


Question: Is this protecting the field?
  • Not an issue; it's just golf and the rub of the green
  • His opponent should have marked his ball to protect the field

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