American newlywed withdraws from PGA Tour's Mayakoba Golf Classic, citing intestinal bug
Withdrew: From this week’s PGA Tour event, the Mayakoba Golf Classic, American Rickie Fowler. He cited an intestinal bacterial infection that he got while on his honeymoon last month. Fowler told Golfweek’s Steve DeMeglio via text message that he picked up Campylobacter jejuni, a common cause of food poisoning which can lead to cramps, fever, pain and diarrhea. Fowler, 30, who was left off of captain Tiger Woods’ Presidents Cup roster last week, has not played since the Tour Championship in late August, when he tied for 19th in the 30-man event. He has slipped to 21st in the Official World Golf Ranking after having climbed to seventh shortly after he won the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Feb. 3. Fowler, 30, was married on Oct. 5 to Allison Stokke, a former professional pole vaulter and sports model. His next scheduled event is the Hero World Challenge, an 18-man exhibition tournament on Dec. 4-7 to be hosted by Tiger Woods at Albany in the Bahamas.
Disqualified: Eddie Pepperell, in the third round of the Turkish Open on Saturday, for having run out of golf balls. Pepperell, 28, a two-time European Tour winner from England, was 2 over through three holes when he hit his approach shot into the water guarding the green at the par-5 fourth hole at Montgomerie Maxx Royal in Belek, Turkey. In a scene reminiscent of the movie “Tin Cup,” when Kevin Costner’s character Roy McAvoy dumps five balls into the water on the final hole of the U.S. Open before holing out with his last ball for a 12, Pepperell nearly one-upped McAvoy. He dumped five balls into the water, according to playing competitor Martin Kaymer, and then walked off the course. “I have never seen anything like that before,” Kaymer told the media. “I only watched it on television, in ‘Tin Cup.’ This is the first time I have seen it live.”