A fan recovers Nelly Korda’s golf ball while it is still in play at the Evian Championship

It was the bizarre scenario that Nelly Korda found herself in at the Evian Championship on Sunday, in √Čvian-les-Bains, France, as the American golfer’s ball – which had just come to rest – was retrieved by a spectator.

The 2021 PGA Women’s Championship winner had gotten off to a strong start for the final round of the major, opening with back-to-back birdies to close in on the top tier. Yet disaster struck on the par-four sixth hole when his approach shot snuck through the trees and settled into wood chips along a path for spectators.

Unbeknownst to Korda, his situation was about to get worse when a nearby fan spotted the ball and picked it up. Smiling and holding it up in front of her, she then walked over to a nearby official to present her find, seemingly unaware that she had done anything wrong.

The spectator recovers the ball from Korda.
“It’s not a memory!” said commentator Grant Boone, in a video shared on Twitter by Sky Sports Golf, adding that the viewer was in “big trouble now”.

The official quickly approached the spectator and directed her to the area where she had found the ball. There, she let it fall to the ground before casting a mortified look at the steward.

Korda was told about the incident upon arriving at prom and got a better lie, but proceeded to double bogey, putting her back in a tie for the round. It was the only double bogey she carded at any of the event’s 72 holes.

Korda plays her tee shot on the 13th hole.

The 24-year-old’s initial response to the incident was adamant, with a birdie and an eagle on the next three holes, but her par-one on the back nine dashed any chance of her challenging for the championship.

She finished 13 under par for the tournament in eighth position, four strokes behind winner Brooke Henderson. The Canadian clinched her second major title with three birdies in the last five holes, beating American Sophia Schubert by one shot.

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