HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Kelly Kraft got a birdie, just not the one he wanted at the RBC Heritage.
Kraft’s ball hit a bird in flight on the par-3 14th hole, and the ball dropped into the water in front of the green.
Kraft made double bogey and finished at 1-over par on Harbour Town Golf Links, missing the cut by a stroke.
Kraft told PGATour.com the bad break cost him the cut. He said his tee shot felt perfect and was on a good line until fate took over.
Kraft’s group asked for a ruling, figuring the player would simply re-tee without penalty. Instead, because the bird is not a man-made object, Kraft had to play it as a ball in the water.
Kraft said his ball glance off a large black bird that flew off after the glancing blow.