Duval's problem occurred when his drive in the third round stopped in the muddy spectator crosswalk. After being denied relief, he hit a wedge shot fat and his ball landed on the green and spun back into the fairway. Duval kicked his divot, slammed his club and glared at the USGA official working his twosome.
In the clubhouse parking lot, Duval lashed out at three USGA officials. "It's ridiculous that you don't get relief there," he said. "It was like playing on concrete. It was like playing on this," Duval said, pointing at the asphalt After 20 minutes Duval ended the conversation. "Fm sorry this has been a waste of your time," he said. The Masters and the PGA allow free drops from crosswalks, calling them ground under repair. Meeks said the USGA has never done so.