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Oakley penalized for delay by caddie - his wife

TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) - Former champion Pete Oakley was penalized two shots at the Senior British Open on Friday after the caddie - his wife - took too long locating his ball on a fairway during the second round.

The 63-year-old from Florida, who won the 2004 title at Royal Portrush, was penalized for `undue delay' when playing the 13th hole. His wife was confused when a ball from a group on the 10th tee landed nearby.

``I was looking at the wrong fairway,'' Jennifer Oakley said.

European Tour Senior Referee Andy McFee said: ``It came to our attention that Pete Oakley was having some trouble on the 13th hole.

``He stood by the bunker where his ball had landed for two or three minutes, then there was a couple of minutes wandering up to the tee, then a couple of minutes for the rules official to go and get the caddie from the 10th and bring her back.''

As a result, Oakley had to sign for an 83 instead of an 81. However, at 16 over, he had comfortably missed the cut.

``I might not have been laughing so much about it if the two-shot penalty had seen me miss the cut,'' Oakley said.


 

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