On 11/3, hole 17 in shape of oasis recorded a series of “tunnel collapses” of golfers attending The Players Championship – the main event of the PGA Tour in Florida.
The tournament started on March 11 with a prize fund of 15 million USD, at Stadium, Par72 of the TPC Sawgrass golf complex. Hole 17, par3 is set to 143 yards for the opening round. The list of matches includes 154 golfers.
Han An Byeong Hun golfer An Byeong Hun entered this hole, sent four balls continuously into the lake, with the first in the standard position, the next three shots in the free-kick area and closer to the target. Now he lost eight strokes, of which four were penalty. On the fifth shot, An got into the green and then added two new putts to finish his work. From top to bottom, he spent a total of 11 strokes – octuple bogey.
History The Players Championship on Stadium since 1982 recorded the worst performance of hole 17 belonged to Bob Tway with 12 strokes in 2005.
Golf Channel posted the video on Twitter and tagged An with the message “send a friend to hit 11 strokes in hole 17”. “We all have bad days in our lives and we have to learn how to move forward. But the tee shot at hole 17 is horrible.”
After this hole, An added a double bogey, pegged the round 83 strokes and then entered the T150 group – the position near the bottom of the table.
In addition to An, some stars also “collapsed” but lighter – nine strokes, including Charl Schwartzel, Kevin Na and Maverick McNealy. Na hits the water three times, twice from the free-kick area, 83 yards from the green. When he got to the latching area, he thanks a chip in the target’s mouth to get all the “damage”. Finished round, he gave up because of back pain.
There are 21 players who are not finished, but hole 17 recorded 35 balls in the lake, nine triple bogey or worse. In these 30 birdies, Adam Scott put the closest – about 0.4 meters, Sebastian Munoz locked the farthest hole – 14 meters away. On average, The Players Championship recorded 47 balls in the lake at hole 17 and a record of 50 in 2007.
Under the organizers, Jeff Young was assigned to sit in hole 17, using a radio to report the development of the first hole. Young has been working for 20 years, including tracking the club type when he has a hole-in-one golfer.
But yesterday, he was lighter and just had to be busy counting the number of “swimming pool” balls. “I guess the whole tournament this time about 43 balls in the lake but up to now have 32 balls”, Young said Golf Channel.
The international golf world has evaluated that hole 17 Stadium is both beautiful and difficult to be famous in the world. In this hole, PGA Tour players normally use up to 9 irons to hit the oasis green. Golf Channel analyze when the organizers aim at the back of the green like the first round, the best solution is to safely go to the green instead of trying to find birdies.
Lee Westwood never aimed at the flag no matter where it was. This is a lesson he learned from a training session with famous player Nick Price many years ago. “Forget the flag, try to land the ball on the midsection of the green,” Price told Westwood. Price won the championship in 1993.
The first match of this term was that way, Westwood went green, 15 meters from the hole, then two putts kept par.
Some players have commented that the 17th hole green is the hardest in the field. Justin Thomas thinks it was intentional. “All greens are identical, except for the hole,” said Thomas. Third golfer in the world double bogey hole 17. He is standing at T26 with a score of -1.
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