In case you missed it on Sunday, Gary Woodland hit the kind of shot in the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship final against Rory McIlroy that we can all relate to.
Playing the par-4 third hole at TPC Harding Park and with the match all square, Woodland decided he needed to be aggressive off the tee after watching McIlroy stripe one down the center of the fairway.
Woodland's aggressive play sent his ball left and into some trees. Now, given the match-play situation, it was time for Woodland to try to pull off a hero shot.
Lined up and ready to go, Woodland put a mighty strike on the ball. The ball sailed through the trees before plunking one about 45 yards in front of Woodland and then returned to the golfer, nearly right at his feet.
Check it out:
"I hit that tree and it literally came back, I had about a yard closer," Woodland said. "I could have caught it for how much [it came back] ‑‑ it hit right in the center of the tree. Tony (Woodland's caddie) and I got a good laugh out of it because I had to ask how far we were. I tried to hit a miracle shot there and I got it up in the crowd."
As it turned out, no harm, no foul. Woodland and McIlroy halved the hole with bogeys. At the next hole, however, McIlroy won the first of four holes in a row and never looked back on his way to a second World Golf Championships title.