Tour pros – despite obviously being gifted with incredible hand-eye co-ordination – fail to connect properly when performing the simple celebration of a high-five way more often than you might think.
So let’s take a look back at some of the worst high fives in golf history. But first, let’s start with Smith and Leishman having a classic high-five/fist-bump mix-up:
WOW!@MarcLeish chips in for birdie on No. 16.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) April 25, 2021
Tough scene. But the Aussie duo can feel better knowing there have been worse high-five fails. Much, much worse ones.
Who could forget Tommy Fleetwood managing to hit himself in the face (thanks to his caddie Ian Finnis) after making a clutch birdie at the 2017 WGC–Mexico Championship?
A 40ft putt to move 1 off the lead! pic.twitter.com/ruf6pJvi3L
— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) March 5, 2017
Ouch. Seriously, Tommy? How is this possible?
If you’re thinking, Yeah, but the Poms aren’t good at high-fiving, well, maybe there’s some truth to that. But American golfers are just as bad. Remember Tiger Woods’ In Your LIFE! chip-in at the 2005 Masters? Of course you do. It was so good, though, that golf fans forget about his embarrassing exchange with caddie Steve Williams right afterwards:
That was almost enough to ruin the entire moment. Phil Mickelson and caddie Jim “Bones” Mackay have botched their share of high fives through the years as well.
My favourite one: pic.twitter.com/IDwPPfaXup
— Adam Sarson (@Adam_Sarson) April 20, 2017
And here’s Louis Oosthuizen and his caddie after the South African made his albatross on the second hole in the final round of the 2012 Masters:
The dude had just holed a 4-iron from TWO HUNDRED AND THIRTY-ONE metres and yet he couldn’t land a high-five from point-blank range?! That’s just mind-boggling.
We’ll be on the lookout for more high-five fails. Odds are, we’ll see some more at this week’s Valspar Championship.