PGA Tour pros make bunker shots look so easy, most of the time. They'll even say they'll aim for the sand, just because it's an easier up-and-down than from deep rough.
For the rest of us, getting stuck in the sand is no day at the beach. And perhaps we can add Scott Piercy to that list.
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Piercy started play at the Northern Trust Open on the tricky par-4 10th hole at Riviera Country Club. It's one of the top "risk-reward" shots on the circuit -- reach the green with your driver and you're looking at possible eagle. But the green is surrounded by deep bunkers which will inevitably catch any wayward tee shots.
And that's apparently what happened to Piercy. According to the PGA Tour's shot tracker, his 307-yard drive found the left rear greenside bunker, about 34 feet from the hole.
Then things went from bad to worse -- and worse -- and worse.
Piercy's second shot skipped over the green some 70 feet and landed the bunker on the opposite side of the green, 56 feet away. His third shot traveled 79 feet back into the original bunker, now 25 feet from the hole. And shot No. 4? You guessed it -- right greenside bunker, 27 from the hole.
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Piercy finally got himself on the putting surface with his fourth bunker shot of the hole and made the seven-foot putt for a double-bogey 6.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, this video will leave you speechless:
Obviously, that bad hole carried over for Piercy, as he bogeyed the next two holes and wound up going out in 43. He righted the ship somewhat by birdieing No. 1, but a double at No. 8 followed by a bogey on the last left him with a completely forgettable 9-over 80.
That's definitely not the way you want to start your day. But nearly every weekend hacker can commiserate, especially when his buddy offers him a towel and suntan lotion.