Queensland professional Jake McLeod made a run at the #AusOpenGolf despite a controversy over a putt at the fourth hole.
McLeod was assessed a penalty shot after he was deemed to have waited too long over a birdie putt at the par-four that sat on the back lip of the cup while he was on top of the leaderboard.
Initially he was given a birdie three for the hole but a rules official was dispatched out on to the course and subsequently told McLeod that his score would be four, including a penalty shot.
The incident occurred on the third day of the Open at The Lakes.
Under the rules of golf, a player has a “reasonable time’’ to get to his ball if it is sitting on the lip, plus 10 seconds. McLeod was deemed to have waited 15 seconds before his ball dropped in.
However tournament director Trevor Herden said McLeod would be asked to clarify the situation when his round was complete, with some issue over whether the ball was still moving.