From a backwards chip-in to a chip-in for an eight to a brutal ricochet off the flagstick and into the water to an even more brutal 11, we thought we had seen everything possible this week at TPC Sawgrass’ infamous 17th hole. We were wrong.
Sunday’s final round produced a different sight – and sound – on the island par 3: the dreaded shank.
Brendon Todd picked the wrong time (not that there’s a right time) to hit one off the hosel, nearly hitting his golf ball unto that other island you see on TV. But to the three-time PGA Tour winner’s credit, he also gave us the best reaction of the week. Check it out:
There's no good hole to shank it on.
17 might be the worst. pic.twitter.com/DZFFuYcEQN
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 14, 2021
Unfortunately for Todd, who’s coached by Aussie Bradley Hughes, things didn’t get much better on the hole. After hitting from the drop zone, he found the front of the green, but then three-putted for a triple-bogey. A closing birdie (bounceback!), though, still gave him a one-under 71 and his best finish in the tour’s flagship event.
And it’s not like everyone will be talking about his embarrassing moment for too long. Again, a LOT has been happening on that hole this week – and we’ve still got a few more hours of play.