Casey was lining up an eagle putt on the 12th hole of Kingsbarns Golf Links in St. Andrews during the second round of the Dunhill Links Championship on Friday when a dog rushed onto the green and then raced off with Casey's ball. The Guardian UK has the details:
Paul Casey found himself unable to play on for a while in the Dunhill Links Championship on Friday after a dog came on to a green and had some fun with his ball.According to the Associated Press, Casey was going to play a new ball, but a spectator retrieved his original ball from the dog near the 13th tee. After conferring with a rules official, Casey played the original ball. Tournament officials said Casey gave the ball back to the dog--later identified as "Digby"--after finishing the hole.
The incident came on the 12th at Kingsbarns as Casey continued his partnership in the celebrity pro-am with the retired USA swimmer and golf enthusiast Michael Phelps.
Eventually the dog decided to move on and the former world No. 3, on in two at the par five, two-putted for a birdie that lifted him to one-under par.
That was, however, still 11 adrift of the South African Branden Grace, who on Thursday equalled the European Tour record with a 12-under-par 60 on the course.
''It's the weirdest thing I've ever had happen on a golf course,'' Casey told the AP. ''I noticed the dog on the 12th tee and he sort of followed us down the fairway before taking a real liking to my golf ball.''
Here's the report from the Dunhill Links Championship's official Twitter feed.
A dog runs onto the 12th and picks up @paul_casey's ball and runs off with it. Casey tried to tell the dog to take it closer to the hole.
— Alfred Dunhill Links (@dunhilllinks) October 5, 2012
The dog episode ends well as @paul_casey makes birdie, he tosses the ball back to the dog to keep. "Dogleg?" he asks the crowd #dunhilllinks — Alfred Dunhill Links (@dunhilllinks) October 5, 2012
RT @tambett: This is Digby, who just stole @paul_casey's ball at the 12th green, Kingsbarns #dunhilllinks twitter.com/Tambett/status… — Alfred Dunhill Links (@dunhilllinks) October 5, 2012