When it comes to PGA Tour bloopers, it’s going to be tough to top what Jon Rahm did on Thursday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational when the World No.1 defied the laws of physics by missing a 10-inch putt. But that doesn’t mean we’re letting Corey Conners off the hook for what he did in the same round. Because, well, these guys are (really, really) good, so us weekend hackers really, really savour when they look like us.
Conners, a PGA Tour winner and one of the best ball-strikers on the planet, momentarily morphed into a 30-handicapper on Bay Hill’s famed par-5 6th hole. You know, the one where Bryson DeChambeau took that absurd line off the tee last year. Well, the Canadian took a more conventional approach to the boomerang hole and after a 294-yard drive down the middle, took a crack at the green from 273 yards. Then this happened:
You hate to see it. Well, again, unless you’re a chopper. In that case, you kind of love to see it. In fact, we see this all the time from that friend who waits for the green to clear in case he “really catches hold of one.” So HOW ‘BOUT THAT?! PROS ARE JUST LIKE US!
Of course, this is where we remind everyone that pros are definitely not like us. Conners took his drop, found a greenside bunker from 234 yards for his fourth, then got up and down for a not-so-disastrous bogey. He also played the rest of his round in one-under to post an opening even-par 72.
Nice bounce back, Corey. And hey, it’s better than missing a 10-inch putt. Maybe.