Golfer misses the cut by one shot after hitting a BIRD mid-flight with his tee shot 

  • Kelly Kraft’s ball hit a bird on the par-3 14th hole, the ball dropped into the water
  • Despite the stroke of bad luck Kraft had a sense of humor and joked about it
  • He tweeted ‘Dang bird, shouldn’t of been flying there! Only on freaky Friday 13th’
  • According to the official rules, a bird-strike does not qualify for a replay 

Michelle Ganney For Dailymail.com

Kelly Kraft’s ball hit a bird in the air on the par-3 14th hole on Harbour Town Golf Links in South Carolina Friday for the RBC Heritage. 

The ball dropped into the water in front of the green.

The 29-year-old told PGA Tour ‘It cost me the cut, most likely. There was a helping wind, and I hit a 7-iron, caught it perfect. It was probably 30 yards off the tee box and this giant, black bird swooped in front of it and hit it and the ball fell 20 yards short in the water.

Kelly Kraft  played his second shot on the first hole during the first round of the 2018 Honda Classic on The Champions Course at PGA National on February 22, 2018 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Kelly Kraft  played his second shot on the first hole during the first round of the 2018 Honda Classic on The Champions Course at PGA National on February 22, 2018 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Kelly Kraft played his second shot on the first hole during the first round of the 2018 Honda Classic on The Champions Course at PGA National on February 22, 2018 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

‘It would’ve been in the middle of the green. It might have been close. I got screwed.’ 

The American professional golfer from Texas had a sense of humor however. After the shot he tweeted: ‘Dang bird, shouldn’t of been flying there! Only on freaky Friday the 13th I suppose. Oh well, onto the next. See y’all.’

Kraft's ball hit a bird in the air on the par-3 14th hole on Harbour Town Golf Links in South Carolina Friday for the RBC Heritage

Kraft's ball hit a bird in the air on the par-3 14th hole on Harbour Town Golf Links in South Carolina Friday for the RBC Heritage

Kraft’s ball hit a bird in the air on the par-3 14th hole on Harbour Town Golf Links in South Carolina Friday for the RBC Heritage

According to the official rules, a bird-strike does not qualify for a replay: ‘The big difference is a bird is a God-made object,’ said Dillard Pruitt, another TOUR rules official on site. 

‘Whereas a telephone wire is man-made. It’s just a stroke of bad luck. It doesn’t happen very often, but today is Friday the 13th. Freaky Friday,’ Deadspin reported.  

Therefore, Kraft had to play it as a ball in the water. Kraft finished his round with a 72. 

Kraft is pictured here  during the third round of the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort Copperhead Course on March 10, 2018 in Palm Harbor, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Kraft is pictured here  during the third round of the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort Copperhead Course on March 10, 2018 in Palm Harbor, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Kraft is pictured here during the third round of the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort Copperhead Course on March 10, 2018 in Palm Harbor, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Kraft played his shot from the second tee during the final round of the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort Copperhead Course on March 11, 2018 in Palm Harbor, Florida

Kraft played his shot from the second tee during the final round of the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort Copperhead Course on March 11, 2018 in Palm Harbor, Florida

Kraft played his shot from the second tee during the final round of the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort Copperhead Course on March 11, 2018 in Palm Harbor, Florida

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