Last Friday at Muirfield Village, some were quick to describe Bryson DeChambeau’s epic 10 at the par-5 15th as Bryson going full “Tin Cup”. The only problem with that comparison was that, unlike the ending of the Kevin Costner movie, there was no water involved. DeChambeau kept reloading, yes, but his golf ball kept finding someone’s backyard rather than a watery grave.
A true “Tin Cup” happened today at the 3M Open, where South Korea’s Sangmoon Bae almost went full Roy McAvoy at the par-5 18th hole at TPC Twin Cities. Sitting four-over for his round, things appeared to get even uglier for Bae as he rinsed his tee shot in the water down the right side. Then Bae took a drop in the fairway, 250 yards from the green, and deposited another ball. Splash.
Now, Bae was hitting his fifth from the exact same spot, 250 yards away. This time, instead of finding the drink again, his ball found the bottom of the cup for what may very well be the greatest par in the history of professional golf:
At 18th hole in Rd.1 @3MOpen, Sangmoon Bae sets ShotLink-era record by holing out for par from 250 yards.
Previous longest hole-out for par was Steven Bowditch/2011 RBC Heritage, Rd.1, hole #4, 176 yards. pic.twitter.com/4vqP4gXjLp
— Mike McAllister (@PGATOUR_mikemc) July 23, 2020
Seriously, it was already in the running for greatest par ever before finding out it was indeed the longest par hole-out in the ShotLink era. If there was a greatest par debate, it’s now over.