Olympics 2016: Haru Nomura of Japan Misses Tap-In Putt

Olympics 2016: Haru Nomura of Japan Misses Tap-In Putt

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The ball’s not in the hole until the ball’s in the hole. Japanese golfer Haru Nomura learned that lesson the hard way Wednesday in Rio during Round 1 of the women’s golf competition.

On the 11th hole, after missing her birdie putt, Nomura walked over to tap in for par, with the ball just a couple of inches from the hole. But instead she mostly missed the ball, and it barely moved at all. She had to settle for bogey.

Nomura is currently T-12, four shots behind leader Carlota Ciganda, of Spain. South Korea’s Inbee Park and Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn are both at five under and T-2. Nomura’s teammate Shiho Oyama is T-19 after carding a 70.

This isn’t the first eye-popping putting gaffe in the Rio Games. In the men’s event last week, Bubba Watson did this.