Late Ryder redemption for Fowler after rules infringement

Last Updated: Sunday, October 3, 2010 - 12:45

Wales: United States rookie Rickie Fowler gained a measure of redemption after falling foul of the rulebook in a foursomes match with Ryder Cup partner Jim Furyk at Celtic Manor on Saturday.

The 21-year-old Fowler used the wrong ball for a drop after being given relief from mud halfway up the fourth, automatically resulting in a loss of the hole to Europe`s Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer.
Although the two Americans trailed for 16 of the 18 holes in the alternate-shot format, a birdie at the last helped them escape with a half against their opponents.

U.S. captain Corey Pavin felt his young rookie had simply paid the price for his inexperience.

"I don`t know if he didn`t know the rules," Pavin told reporters. "When you play alternate shot, funny things can happen. He just had a ball in his pocket, which was the proper ball to play.

"He just didn`t think about marking and picking the other ball up and placing it so he ended up having two balls in play, which is a breach of rules. It happens."

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First Published: Sunday, October 3, 2010 - 12:45

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