Ernie Els, you have company.
Els, you may remember, infamously six-putted the first hole at Augusta National during the 2016 Masters. Els took so many strokes that the telecast originally had him down for the wrong number. Luckily for Danny Lee, the cameras (apparently) weren’t rolling when he reached the 18th hole at Winged Foot on Saturday.
Unfortunately for Lee, the US Open has a shot-tracking device on its digital scoreboards.
UPDATE: Footage has finally been leaked!
Trigger warning: Do not watch if prone to nightmares. pic.twitter.com/Gp72skLvAw
— Samantha Marks (@SamanthaSMarks) September 20, 2020
Lee managed to mostly escape Winged Foot’s wrath through 17 holes, walking up the last at three-over on the day. And though his approach came up short of the green, a solid pitch left four feet for par. But Lee was unable to convert. And failed to make the follow-up.
And the next. And the next. And the next.
Danny Lee cards a quintuple-bogey 9 on 18 and withdraws from the US Open.
— 19th Hole (@_19thHole) September 19, 2020
For those scoring at home, Lee took six putts on the 18th, walking off with a quintuple-bogey 9. After the four-footer for par, Lee faced putts from six feet, six feet, seven feet, four feet, and seven feet. Marshals would later describe the situation to Golf Digest as “whack-a-mole.”
As of 4pm the NBC telecast had not shown Lee’s 18th green adventures. Lee did not drop by the flash area and wasn’t found on the putting green after his round, but the USGA confirmed to Golf Digest the shot-tracker data is correct.
The quintuple left Lee with an eight-over 78.
Danny Lee's wrist sure looked fine while he was slamming his putter against his bag…pic.twitter.com/1Rk9AFALzL
— Daniel Rapaport (@Daniel_Rapaport) September 20, 2020
UPDATE: Lee has withdrawn from the US Open, citing a wrist injury.
Footage of the Danny Lee six putt pic.twitter.com/hElgBlWzIj
— The Fried Egg (@the_fried_egg) September 20, 2020