Fan picks up Nellie Korda’s ball while it’s still playing at the Women’s Golf Major. CNN



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Keeping hands on the match ball is a dream for any sports fan. Preferably though, that ball should still not be in play.

it was a strange sight nelly korda I found myself avian championship On Sunday, in Avion-les-Bains, France, as American golfer The ball – after only rolling to a stop – was picked up by a spectator.

The 2021 Women’s PGA Championship winner had a strong start in the final round of the Majors, starting with back-to-back birdies to get close to the dominant pack. Yet disaster struck on the par-four sixth hole when his approach slanted into trees and settled into a piece of wood with a path for spectators.

Unbeknownst to Korda, his situation was about to get worse when a nearby fan saw the ball and picked it up. Smiling and lifting it in front of her, she turned to a nearby officer to present her finding, apparently unaware that she had done anything wrong.

“It’s not a souvenir!” Commentator Grant Boone said, shared in a video Twitter by Sky Sports Golf, saying the spectator was “now in big trouble.”

The officer quickly approached the spectator and directed him back to the area where he had received the ball. There, he casts her back to the ground before casting a contemptuous look at the steward.

Korda was made aware of the incident upon reaching the ball and suffered a superior lie, but progressed to a double bogey, equalizing it for back goal. It was the only double bogey he carded on any one of the 72 holes in the entire event.

Korda played his tee shot on the 13th hole.

The 24-year-old’s initial reaction to the incident was vigorous, with a birdie and an eagle in the following three holes, but his one-over par through the last nine gave him no chance to challenge for the championship.

She finished 13-under for the tournament in joint eighth place, four strokes behind winner Brooke Henderson. The Canadian secured her second major title after beating American Sofia Schubert by one shot with three birdies in the last five holes.