Pro Golfer forced to play out of Bathroom
Defending champion Nicolas Colsaerts crashed out of the World Match Play Championship on Saturday after being forced to play out of a toilet
The Belgian was beaten by Ryder Cup colleague Graeme McDowell 2 & 1 in the quarter-finals on the Thracian Cliffs course.
His challenge unravelled on the par-four 10th hole when his tee shot flew into a public toilet close to the green.
He was then told that he had to take a one-stroke penalty drop within the cubicle.
As it was impossible for Colsaerts to play in the confined space, he was allowed to take a ‘free’ relief on his way to saving par.
“I’m sure now the whole episode at 10 is going to make all the TV news programs, Facebook and all the social media sites with the caption: ‘Here’s some Belgian guy playing golf in some toilet block in Bulgaria’,” laughed Colsaerts.
“It’s the first time I’ve ever hit a ball into a toilet and you would have thought as a kid I would
have been crazy enough to practice that shot (smiling) but I never did.”
McDowell is the highest-ranked player in the event at number eight and had the toughest match of the €3 million ($A4 million) competition earlier in the day in just managing to get the better of American Bo Van Pelt winning 1-up at the 18th in the last-16.
He will now play South African Braden Grace in Sunday’s semi-finals with the final to be played in the afternoon.
If successful, McDowell will become the first Irish-born player to win the event.
“This is an historic event and it’s a trophy that has all the legends of the game appearing on it,” he said.
“I think back to the golden years around Wentworth and watching all of my heroes winning this great, great tournament and I would dearly love to add my name to that list but there are three other guys still left in the event who also feel the same way as I do.”
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