We’ve all been there. Ball in the rough, water to carry to reach the green. No problem. Then, splash. Of course.
Take solace. It turns out even Rory McIlroy isn’t immune.
During the second round of the Tour Championship, the Northern Irishman found himself 191 metres from the flag on East Lake’s 18th hole. He’d uncorked a 339-metre drive on the downhill par 5 that rolled through the fairway into the thick stuff. The lie wasn’t great, but he is a four-time Major winner.
Then, splat. And splash.
Officially, according to Shotlink, the shot traveled 85 feet, 8 inches, settling in the lake directly in front of him.
“My biggest concern was trying to carry the first bunker on the right,” he said. “I knew I needed to hit it really hard and I swung hard at it. I got it like right in the middle of the ball – I felt like if I tried to sweep it, it would be better, and I just sort of came up on it a little bit.
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“Probably in hindsight trying to take on a little bit too much. So yeah, and then it would have been nice to get away with a par. It wasn’t to be.”