Kelly Kraft misses PGA Tour cut after rogue bird causes double bogey

Anirban Lahiri misses cut at RBC Heritage

The first US PGA event staged in the Dominican Republic featured a host of lesser lights fighting for a title while the world's top players competed at the World Golf Championships Match-Play event in Texas. Kim, The Players Championship victor, had a 65 that included a two-shot penalty for touching sand after a bunker shot.

In the case of Kelly Kraft, it cost him to miss the cut at the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town. Kraft made what he described as clean contact at the 192-yard, par-3 14th hole only to watch his ball glance off a "giant, black bird" and plop into the water hazard in front of the green.

Kraft signed for a 1-over 72, and at 1 over he finished the day one shot outside the projected cut line.

"It cost me the cut, most likely", Kraft told PGATour.com. He said his tee shot felt flawless and was on a good line until fate took over. While the bird reportedly emerged unharmed, Kraft's ball ricocheted into a lake guarding the front of the green and he eventually made a double bogey.

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According to the report, Kraft's playing partners were unsure how to proceed and flagged down a rules official to see if Kraft could re-tee without penalty.

Chasson Hadley (68), Brandt Snedeker (64), Luke List (64) and first-round leader Rory Sabbatini (70) are at eight under.

Kraft was forced to take a drop, and he walked away from the hole with a 5. DeChambeau pumped his fist when the ball curled in, as pleased with his improved putting as his composure at rallying late to the lead.

He won for the first time on tour last summer, shooting a pair of 65s on the way to taking the John Deere Classic.

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