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Former Masters champion Zach Johnson was assessed a one-stroke penalty on the 18th hole _ his ninth hole of the final round _ when his ball moved after he addressed it. Johnson told officials, who looked at the video and couldn’t find conclusive evidence the ball had moved.
Still, Johnson was convinced and took the penalty. He was credited with a triple-bogey 7 on the 18th hole and a 79 for the round.
Joost Luiten, a 26-year-old European Tour pro playing his first PGA Championship, was also docked a stroke when he struck a short putt twice with his putter on the 16th hole as he finished his third round Sunday morning.
On Luiten’s follow through, the heel of his putter brushed the ground and the club touched the moving ball a second time. Rules state a player must count the second hit as a stroke. Luiten told scoring officials and reviewed the putt on video tape, which confirmed the double hit. Luiten’s penalty gave him a 75 and dropped him to 3-over par.
“I only made one double ( bogey),” he said, laughing.
Daly, the 1991 PGA champion, was a first-round surprise with a 68 that was just two strokes off the lead. And Big John hung in throughout the week on the difficult Ocean Course, finishing with a 69 on Sunday to end the tournament at 1-under par.
It was the first time Daly had two rounds in the 60s for this championship since he was the surprise winner at Crooked Stick 21 years ago. Daly only had four rounds in the 60s in the 19 PGA Championships he’d been in since his victory.
Daly said he maintained his composure throughout the week. “I’ve got confidence in my ball-striking ability and to keep plugging along,” he said. “When you’re not playing great, you kind of get down and go for broke. I stayed patient.”
DIVOTS: Adam Scott was asked after the third round if he could rally despite being five shots off the lead: “Well, we’ve all seen that being four down is no big deal.” Scott was four shots ahead of Ernie Els with four holes left at last month’s British Open before making four straight bogeys to finish behind Els. … Ian Poulter’s round included eight birdies, five bogeys and just five pars. He finished tied for third at 4-under. … Seung Yul Noh of South Korea had the low round of the tournament with a 65. His round included nine 3s.
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