Carlota Ciganda and Sarah Schmelzel had been all sq. coming into the 18th gap of the Bank of Hope LPGA Match Play occasion on Wednesday. Ciganda gained the outlet however misplaced the match as a result of a slow-play penalty that resulted in lack of gap. Schmelzel gained, 1 up.
The LPGA launched the next assertion:
“On the 18th hole of her Day One match, Carlota Ciganda was assessed a loss-of-hole penalty for a breach of the LPGA’s Match Play Pace of Play Policy. Per the policy, a player is subject to penalty if she exceeds the allotted time for her total strokes taken on a hole by more than 10 seconds, averaging 30 seconds per shot. Ciganda exceeded the allotted time for the number of strokes taken on the 18th hole.”
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Ciganda didn’t remark after the spherical.
This isn’t the primary slow-play stunner of the LPGA season. Yealimi Noh tied for 61st at the Kia Classic and took residence a $4,247 paycheck. But she truly misplaced cash on the week after a $10,000 slow-play wonderful.
Noh mentioned a guidelines official confirmed up mid-way by the entrance 9 and hung round for 9 holes. The rookie acquired dangerous instances on Nos. 10 and 12.
This week’s occasion at Shadow Creek is the primary match play event on the LPGA schedule since 2017. Nine years in the past at the Sybase Match Play Championship, Morgan Pressel was hit with a slow-play penalty in a semifinal match towards Azahara Munoz that minimize her lead from 3 holes to 1 gap with six to play.
The semifinal spherical took an much more awkward twist when Pressel accused Munoz of touching the road of her putt with her putter on the fifteenth gap. Rules officers decided that the video footage was inconclusive and, after a prolonged delay, Munoz rolled in her birdie putt to win the outlet and sq. the match,
Pressel maintained that Munoz, who went on to win Sybase title, was the one who put them on the clock.
“I think that what bothers me the most is that we were given sufficient warning, and she really didn’t do anything to speed up,” Pressel mentioned at the time. “And then I was penalized for it.”