In honour of TPC Sawgrass’ frightening 17th hole, we count down golf’s knee-knockers 

  1. Bunker shot out of a buried lie in clear view of the clubhouse patio at lunch hour.
  2. Tee shot in front of the foursome that your partner just convince to let you play through.
  3. Punch-out from the wrong fairway while the group on that hole waits for you to clear.
  4. Shot six inches from the cartpath with a new set of irons. 
  5. First shot of a playoff after drinking at the 19th hole waiting for the other scores to come in. 
  6. Chip from a downhill lie with the carpark 15 metres behind the green.
  7. The provisional after you just shanked one dead right into what looks like poison ivy. 
  8. Approach shot on 18 when you’re on pace for your lowest round.
  9. Opening drive at a bucket-list course on a dream trip that costs more than your kid’s school fees. 
  10. Recovery shot from the edge of a swampy water hazard in Tropical North Queensland.
  11. A three-foot tester to win your four-ball match while playing with your father-in-law. 
  12. Tee shot over a forced carry with no more balls in your bag. 

Illustration by Ben Kirchnera