Andres Romero injures hand punching sign, putts off the tee at Reno
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Andres Romero injures hand punching sign, putts off the tee at Reno

Andres Romero has withdrawn from the Barracuda Championship on Saturday after trying to literally putt his way to the finish of the third round at Montreux Golf and Country Club.

The Argentine Romero punched a sign on the 15th tee box, frustrated after a pair of consecutive bogeys dropped him to just 3 points on the day in the modified Stableford scoring system format. Injured from the punch, Romero decided he would hit putter off the tee at the 15th hole, then picking up his ball and taking a double bogey, which is the worst possible score a player can register in the format, losing three points. Romero did the same thing for the final three holes of the round, going from adding 3 points to losing 9 points.

After Romero punched the tee box sign, officials checked on him while allowing a group, including upstart Patrick Rodgers, to play through. Romero's injury forced playing partner Wil Wilcox to wait on the tee box, too.

Wilcox trails J.J. Henry by 16 points heading into the final round.

The incident hurts Romero's chances to keep his PGA Tour card, with the WD projected to keep him in the mid-150s on the FedEx Cup points list.

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