Desert golf can be a little prickly. Kevin Stadler learned that the hard way on the 11th hole in the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Stadler’s drive at the par-4 11th not only found its way in a cactus, but the ball was suspended in midair because thorns of the cactus punctured it and held it above ground.
The younger Stadler was able to take relief by declaring an unplayable lie, but had to take a 1-stroke penalty. Fortunately for Stadler, the rules allowed for him to put a new ball into play because the other one was ruined in the process.
Stadler went on to make double bogey on the hole, dropping him one back of 2012 Masters winner Bubba Watson.