Regular golfers always feel just a little bit better about their own games after seeing top golfers struggle. So delight in watching every single one of the 11 shots that wound up wet on the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass in the final round of the 2017 Players Championship this morning.
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Kevin Na is known as one of the more, ahem, deliberate players on the US PGA Tour but he was entitled to take his time six years ago when he racked up a 16 – yes, 16 – on one hole at the Valero Texas Open.
The mystique, the undulations, Rae’s Creek, the azaleas – all the subtle nuances of Augusta National provide something no other course can. And it takes remarkable vision to ‘see’ certain shots; shots you truly only witness at the Masters. Shots like this.
Russell Henley played in the Masters three consecutive years starting from 2013. He missed out last year and appeared destined to spend the second week of April on the sidelines once again – until he caught lightning in a bottle at the Shell Houston Open.
The carnage of Jordan Spieth’s collapse and the fortitude Danny Willett showed on the back nine of the Masters last April made for scintillating viewing, although for a moment of sheer golf madness – in a good, although freakish way – nothing topped Louis Oosthuizen’s ace at the 16th hole.
He’s drifted out to No.184 in the world ranking but 2015 Australian Open champion Matt Jones still owns one of the best moments in Shell Houston Open history courtesy of his finish to the 2014 tournament.
Only one World Golf Championship had eluded Dustin Johnson to this point in his career, but he erased that omission in his CV with a 1-up victory over a gallant Jon Rahm to claim the WGC–Dell Technologies Match Play in Texas.