So much for momentum. After making birdie on three of his first five holes, Jerry Kelly’s second shot on No. 6 found a tree -- as in it got stuck in the upper reaches of the palm tree. Still, hope wasn’t lost thanks to technology.
Because Kelly couldn’t exactly climb the tree to identify the ball, he called on a photographer and his high powered lens to identify the ball. Thanks to that camera, Kelly and an official were able to positively identify the ball by the markings on it as it was compared to another ball in Kelly’s bag.
Kelly took an unplayable lie, dropped his ball and suffered a one-stroke penalty as a result, rather than having to go back to where he hit his previous shot and take a one-stroke penalty from there. He got up and down from the drop and made bogey on the hole.