Open Championship: Did Rules Officials blow a call on Ricky Fowler's opening shot, forth round?
I believe they made a mistake. He hit a worker who was in bounds deflecting the ball out of bounds. He was assessed the OB penalty and hit again. We watched it several times. Double bogey on the first hole.
Here is the rule: 19-1
The first thing to note is that in the Rules of Golf a spectator is an outside agency. In fact, in stroke play, any person other than a playing partner (i.e. someone on the player’s own side) and any caddie of the side is an outside agency, including fellow competitors. Knowing this helps in arriving at the correct ruling where a spectator is involved. The most common occurrence is when a ball is accidentally deflected or stopped by a spectator, a true example of a ‘rub of the green’.
A "rub of the green" occurs when a ball in motion is accidentally deflected or stopped by any outside agency (see Rule 19-1).
If this happens following a stroke from anywhere other than the putting green, under Rule 19-1 there is no penalty and in most cases the ball must be played as it lies.
Did anyone else see that???