Abu Dhabi: Jordan Spieth and Henrik Stenson hit with two-shot penalties

From the section Two-time major winner Jordan Spieth and 2016 Open champion Henrik Stenson were hit with two-shot penalties at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship for hitting their tee shots on the wrong hole….

Abu Dhabi: Jordan Spieth and Henrik Stenson hit with two-shot penalties

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Two-time major winner Jordan Spieth and 2016 Open champion Henrik Stenson were hit with two-shot penalties at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship for hitting their tee shots on the wrong hole.

The major winners’ tee shots were spotted on a TV screen by a member of the official playing partner, and assessed “within three minutes of the incident”.

The Europeans were on the 14th at Abu Dhabi Golf Club and hit from a hole outside the tournament.

South African club pro Brian Rose collected two penalties for club-handling errors.

He was one over on his second, hitting the ball into a bush on the far right of the fairway. He then hooked it to the left and onto a path by the ninth green – earning him a further two-shot penalty for club-handling.

Rose was still one over after his second shot at the fourth, his third bogey of the day – that at the par-four eighth earned him a two-shot penalty for club-handling.

He was then on the sixth with a three-shot lead over Keegan Bradley and Lee Westwood, but from there his final four shots brought a four-over-par 75 that left him in a tie for 19th.

World number nine Stenson started his round on the 11th tee and was three-under for his round.

After a bogey at the 11th, he then missed the green at the 13th and played into a bunker.

A three-putt double bogey followed and another bogey at the 17th left him on two under and in a tie for sixth, two shots off the lead.

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