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October 05, 2012

Dog steals Paul Casey's ball off green at Dunhill Links Championship

Posted at 11:14 AM by Mike Walker | Categories: Dogs, Dunhill Links Championship, Paul Casey

Digby1_forwebPaul Casey asks 'Digby' to return his golf ball at the Dunhill Links Championship Friday. (Getty Images)

Paul Casey knows that professional golf is a dog-eat-dog world, but this is ridiculous.

Casey was lining up an eagle putt on the 12th hole of Kingsbarns Golf Links in St. Andrews during the second round of the Dunhill Links Championship on Friday when a dog rushed onto the green and then raced off with Casey's ball. The Guardian UK has the details:

Paul Casey found himself unable to play on for a while in the Dunhill Links Championship on Friday after a dog came on to a green and had some fun with his ball.

The incident came on the 12th at Kingsbarns as Casey continued his partnership in the celebrity pro-am with the retired USA swimmer and golf enthusiast Michael Phelps.

Eventually the dog decided to move on and the former world No. 3, on in two at the par five, two-putted for a birdie that lifted him to one-under par.

That was, however, still 11 adrift of the South African Branden Grace, who on Thursday equalled the European Tour record with a 12-under-par 60 on the course.

According to the Associated Press, Casey was going to play a new ball, but a spectator retrieved his original ball from the dog near the 13th tee. After conferring with a rules official, Casey played the original ball. Tournament officials said Casey gave the ball back to the dog--later identified as "Digby"--after finishing the hole.

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''It's the weirdest thing I've ever had happen on a golf course,'' Casey told the AP. ''I noticed the dog on the 12th tee and he sort of followed us down the fairway before taking a real liking to my golf ball.''

Here's the report from the Dunhill Links Championship's official Twitter feed.




Digby races off the 12th green at Kingsbarns Golf Links in St. Andrews with Paul Casey's ball. (Getty Images)

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