During the first round of the PGA European Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, David Howell teed off from in front of the tee markers on the 18th hole. Because Howell, 42, of England, made a stroke from outside the teeing ground, he was penalized two strokes in accordance with Rule 11-4b. He corrected his mistake and proceeded to complete the hole and his round.
When starting a hole, the Rules of Golf require that a shot be played within the teeing ground, which is defined as the area that is no more than two club-lengths in depth measured from the outer limits of the two tee markers.
When Howell accidentally teed his ball ahead of the front side of the tee markers on the 18th hole at St. Andrews, he could have corrected himself before making a stroke. Unfortunately, Howell did not notice the mistake and proceeded to hit his tee shot, resulting in him playing from outside the teeing ground. After he was notified by his caddie, Howell corrected the error by hitting again, this time from within the teeing ground.