Kelly Kraft's Ball Nails Bird, Lands in Water; Golfer Misses Cut at RBC Heritage

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistApril 14, 2018

Kelly Kraft tees off on the fifth hole during the final round of the Honda Classic golf tournament, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018 in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
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Kelly Kraft lasted only two rounds at the RBC Heritage tournament this weekend. He missed the cut partly because of interference by a bird.

On the par-three 14th hole, Kraft's first shot hit a bird in midair and landed in the water right in front of the green. He settled for a double bogey and carded a 72 in the second round, leaving him one-over par for the tournament and one shot over the cut line.

"It cost me the cut, most likely," Kraft told PGATour.com's Cameron Morfit. "There was a helping wind, and I hit a 7-iron, caught it perfect. It was probably 30 yards off the tee box, and this giant, black bird swooped in front of it and hit it, and the ball fell 20 yards short in the water. It would've been in the middle of the green. It might have been close. I got screwed."

Dillard Pruitt, a PGA Tour official who was on site, told Morfit that Kraft wasn't given a cancel-and-replay shot because "a bird is a God-made object."