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Slow-Play Penalty Costs World No.5 Amateur NCAA Title Chance

Ben James low-fives a teammate during the 2023 Walker Cup at St Andrews

World No.5 amateur Ben James had a birdie chance on the very last hole of his NCAA men’s individual division one championship to force a playoff against Georgia Tech’s Hiroshi Tai and potentially earn a spot at The Masters. 

But he missed the putt to come up one stroke shy. “Terrible putt,” admitted the University of Virginia sophomore when speaking to Golf Digest afterwards.


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