If you were to make a Mount Rushmore of golf shots hit at Pebble Beach, you’d have to include Tom Watson’s chip-in on 17 at the 1982 US Open, Jack Nicklaus’ 1-iron on the same hole in the same championship 10 years earlier, Gary Woodland’s 3-wood into the 14th, also in a US Open (2019), and finally (insert whichever Tiger Woods Pebble Beach shot is your favourite).
One of those may have to get bumped, however, and not by an all-time great player or any tour pro at all. One golfer’s driver(!) into the iconic par-3 seventh, which was thankfully captured on video by Michael Knoll (@turfknoll on Instagram), might be sliding into slot No.4 on the Pebble Mt Rushmore. The degree of difficulty was off the charts, with 40-50mph wind gusts coming off the Pacific Ocean. That was no issue for this guy, who put it to three freaking feet:
Yeah, we’re comfortable putting that on the Pebble Mt Rushmore, even though it wasn’t in a US Open. Just take a closer look at the flagstick when his ball starts rolling closer to the hole:
That thing is about to snap in half. What an insane shot, and a hell of a job on the video by Knoll. Also, tough break shelling out more than $A1,000 for Pebble and getting this weather, but these guys are simply married to the game. Respect.