Golfer distraught after shocking error costs him $2.5m cheque and maiden PGA Tour title

Golfer distraught after shocking error costs him $2.5m cheque and maiden PGA Tour title

American golfer Ben Kohles was left distraught after one horror moment cost him the $2.5 million winner’s cheque and a maiden PGA Tour victory.

Kohles was leading the Byron Nelson at TPC Craig Ranch when he inexplicably needed two chips from the rough to get his ball onto the green for his final hole of the tournament.

His disastrous first chip – which failed to reach the green and trickled back towards him – saw him bogey the hole.

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Taylor Pendrith, who had been trailing by a shot, birdied the same hole to overtake Kohles on the leaderboard and win in stunning fashion.

Pendrith pocketed the $2.5m winner’s prize while Kohles had to settle for about $1.5m for his second placing.

Kohles overtook Pendrith with birdies on 16 and 17 for a one-shot lead, then bogeyed the 18th after hitting his second shot into greenside rough. Already in shock following two chips from the rough — the second with his feet in a bunker — Kohles missed a six-foot putt that would have forced a playoff.

Wasn’t really trying to pay attention to what they were doing, although it really mattered, obviously,” Pendrith said.

“I feel for Ben. He played really, really good today, especially down the stretch. I’ve been on the other side of it a couple times, and it sucks.

“But it’s golf. It’s a hard game.”

Pendrith shot 4-under 67 for a 23-under 261 total at the TPC Craig Ranch. The 32-year-old won in his 74th career PGA Tour start.

Playing just north of his birthplace of Dallas, Kohles shot 66 to finish a stroke back. The 34-year-old who plays out of North Carolina is winless in 68 starts.

“Honestly, hadn’t seen any rough like that all week,” said Kohles, who moved to North Carolina when he was 10.

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