Ryder Cup 2023: Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy's heated rules debate.
During the 2023 Ryder Cup, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy had a tense rules exchange on the 17th hole.
The exchange occurred during the Saturday morning foursomes session of the tournament.
At that point, Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood were facing off against Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth.
Thomas and Spieth had managed to narrow their deficit from 3 down on the 12th hole to just 1 down on the 17th tee.
The tension arose when Justin Thomas's tee shot landed in thick rough after bouncing once.
During the search for the ball, Jordan Spieth noticed that his ball had been accidentally stepped on.
Under Rule 7.4, Spieth was entitled to place his ball back where he believed it was initially without improving his lie.
Some spectators briefly booed at this decision, but both Rory McIlroy and a rules official agreed with Spieth's action.
Despite the rules exchange, Spieth and Thomas were unable to gain an advantage from the situation.
They ultimately lost the hole and the match, highlighting the intense competition of the Ryder Cup.