Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Petersen Searching for Some Luck.(Sports)

Byline: Mark Smith Journal Staff Writer

A Picked-Up Ball Creates 4-Way Tie

SANTA ANA PUEBLO Scott Petersen has had one tough year. So tough, in fact, that even when things are going really sweet, they still find a way to get a touch sour.

That was the case in Thursday's opening round of the New Mexico Classic at Santa Ana Golf Club, where Petersen lost a chance for the solo lead by something he had nothing to do with.

"He just picked up my ball to clean it," Petersen said of his caddy, who lifted Petersen's ball off the fringe on the par-3 12th hole. "I said, 'What are you doing?' We had to call a rules official."

Since a ball can only be lifted once it's on the green, Petersen was assessed a 1-stroke penalty. …

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