Kuchar found 2 cups on 9

Saturday, April 10, 2010
By David Westin
Staff Writer

Matt Kuchar had never made a par quite like the one he did on No. 9 on Friday, when his ball went "into the cup" twice.

At No. 9, Matt Kuchar's ball landed in a drink cup belonging to Jason Thompson (in orange cap), of Summerville, S.C. After a free drop, Kuchar, who had a 1-over 73 on Friday, parred the ninth.

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Kuchar's second shot on the par-4 hole was off line to the right and ended up in a patron's cup of soda, according to Jim Williams, the rules official working the ninth green.

Williams said Kuchar's approach shot bounced once, then hit the patron's shoulder and dropped into his cup. The patron was Jason Thompson, of Summerville, S.C.

"I've seen that happen, but never to me," Kuchar said.

Under the Rules of Golf, Kuchar was given a free drop at the nearest point to where the ball came to rest because it ended up in a movable object. His caddie, Lance Bennett, was allowed to dry off the ball.

After Kuchar sent his chip toward the hole, some members of the gallery shouted, "Go in the cup again, go in the cup again," Williams said.

"The gallery had a lot of fun with it," he said.

Kuchar's chip left him a 3-footer for par, which he made.

"It was fairly entertaining," Kuchar said of the experience.

The former Georgia Tech All-American ended up shooting 73, putting him at 1-under 143 for 36 holes.

Kuchar was in the same pairing with Tiger Woods.

"Tiger got a laugh out of that when Matt said, 'How am I supposed to get the ball out?' '' Williams said.

Williams asked the patron to take the ball from the cup; he did, and gave it to Kuchar's caddie.

Kuchar said he didn't offer to buy the patron another soda.

"I know they're not very expensive here," Kuchar said.

Williams, who lives in San Francisco and is working the tournament for the U.S. Golf Association, said he doesn't have a ruling like that very often. He said such situations usually occur when a ball bounces into a trash can.

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