March 5 2011
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Jerry Kelly may owe a photographer a big favor if he rallies to win The Honda Classic.
Kelly’s round was in deep trouble when his second shot at the par-4 sixth hole stuck in a tree. Because he couldn’t identify it, he would have had to declare it a lost ball and go back and hit his fourth shot from the rough. He would have been looking at a double bogey -- or worse.
But photographer Allen Eyestone of the Palm Beach Post was able to use his telephoto lens to take a picture and then enlarge the image so Kelly could identify his ball.
“That was a first, no question,” Kelly said.
When asked if he could have identified his ball without the help, he said, “No. (I tried) binoculars. And I have pretty good eyes, and I wouldn't have been able to see it.”
Kelly was instead allowed to declare an unplayable lie, he took a penalty shot and chipped to 13 feet and made the putt for quite a bogey save.
That enabled Kelly to shoot a 68 and move into a second-place tie with Y.E. Yang, five shots behind leader Rory Sabbatini. -- Craig Dolch