Wyndham Clark smiled. He had motive to. He was holding his scorecard for the digital camera. He was holding historical past.
To the far proper of the white piece of paper in his hand have been two numbers nobody had ever written earlier than at majestic Pebble Seashore: a six and a zero. Sixty. Twelve-under par, shot Saturday in the course of the third spherical of the Pebble Seashore Professional-Am. A course document.
To the left of that have been extra 3’s than you’d see at a basketball sport.
A par 4 on the first gap. An eagle three on the 2nd. A par 4 on the third. A birdie three on the 4th. A par three on the fifth. An eagle three on the sixth. A birdie two on the seventh. A birdie three on the eighth. A birdie three on the ninth. Added collectively, that was a 28, which tied the match’s front-nine document, recorded three different occasions, in accordance with stats guru Justin Ray.
To the suitable of these numbers have been his back-nine scores. A birdie three on the tenth. A birdie three on the eleventh. A bogey 4 on the twelfth. A birdie three on the thirteenth. A birdie 4 on the 14th. A par 4 on the fifteenth. A par 4 on the sixteenth. A par three on the seventeenth. A birdie 4 on the 18th. And that was the 60. The course match document has been a 62, set 4 occasions (Tom Kite in 1983; David Duval in 1997; Patrick Cantlay in 2021; and Matthias Schwab in 2022). Hurly Lengthy shot a 61 throughout a school occasion in 2017.
However you possibly can’t assist however discover the sticker on the scorecard. It’s neatly connected. It’s yellow, with black letters. It says this:
“Most popular Lies. Mannequin Native Rule E-3 in impact for this spherical solely.”
Attention-grabbing. It’s right here the place you’ll have some questions, like:
— What’s ‘Most popular Lies?’
Good query. If enacted, your lie may be most popular — to what it had been. The designation is typically referred to as ‘carry, clear and place’ and that basically explains what you are able to do when most popular lies is in play — in case your ball is within the fairway, you possibly can, sure, carry the ball up, clear it after which place it again down inside a membership size of the place it was, however no nearer to the outlet.
— Attention-grabbing. Is it in play on a regular basis?
— When is it?
Normally underneath soggy, wet circumstances. Right here’s what’s the USGA’s rule ebook says:
“When occasional native irregular circumstances would possibly intrude with truthful play, the affected elements of the course may be outlined as floor underneath restore. However opposed circumstances similar to heavy snows, spring thaws, extended rains or excessive warmth can typically harm the course or forestall use of heavy mowing gear.
“When such circumstances are widespread on the course, the Committee can select to undertake a Native Rule for “most popular lies” (also referred to as “winter guidelines”) to permit truthful play or assist shield the green. Such a Native Rule needs to be withdrawn as quickly as circumstances permit.”
— Who determines whether or not it’s in play?
One other good query. In our case right here, the PGA Tour’s match committee.
— Why did it make the choice to take action on Saturday (and Friday and Thursday)?
Whereas it was not formally introduced, the most definitely motive is that Pebble is soaked. Storms have hit the world.
— Do people typically get a bit bothered when it’s enacted?
— Attention-grabbing. Why’s that?
We’re not mind-readers. However sure, the sport will get a bit of simpler. A clear ball is healthier than a grimy one. A positioned ball is normally higher than a ball the place you initially discovered it. Gamers admit this, too.
— What’s the ‘Mannequin Native Rule E-3’ designation imply?
That’s the way it’s listed within the USGA’s guidelines ebook. Mannequin Native Guidelines are enforced by tournaments or programs.
— Why the sticker?
GOLF.com emailed out to the PGA Tour communications workers for this one. Right here was the response on Sunday:
“It’s there as a reminder for the gamers.”
— Do you suppose Clark cares?
On-site reporters didn’t ask him after his spherical. After all, he nonetheless needed to hit the pictures. He nonetheless needed to make the putts. He nonetheless was within the lead. He nonetheless might win the match — he leads after three rounds, and with extra storms coming, there’s an opportunity there might not be extra golf. Clark will nonetheless receives a commission. He nonetheless took 60 strokes at Pebble Seashore.
“I haven’t shot 59,” Clark mentioned Saturday, “however I’d say even when I had shot 59 someplace, I don’t suppose it might evaluate to capturing a rating like this at one of the vital historic golf programs on this planet.”