Did a spectator's ringing cellphone hurt Paul Broadhurst's chances of repeating?


Historic Oak Hill Country Club received a ringing endorsement from players during the 80th Senior PGA Championship.

But did a cellphone ringtone keep England’s Paul Broadhurst from successfully defending his championship?

Broadhurst, who at one point went 40 holes without a bogey on a course where only three players would finish under par, was clinging to a one-shot lead over Ken Tanigawa with four holes to play.

At the par-4, 439-yard 16th hole, Broadhurst found the right rough with his tee shot and as he set up for his second shot, music began playing from a spectator’s cellphone right at the ropes, forcing him to step away.

It took a bit of time for the spectator to get his phone to shut off and at one point, a PGA official asked Broadhurst if he wanted security called.

That wasn’t necessary and Broadhurst eventually hit his second shot — far left into even thicker grass near a set of bunkers. With the ball buried, his third shot hopped the green. He chipped to 4 feet, but two putted for his first and only double-bogey of the tournament.

Tanigawa, playing a group ahead, had birdied 16. Just like that, Broadhurst’s one-shot lead had become a two-shot deficit.

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