T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.
Shortest consecutive shots ever?
Series: Golf Buzz
Published: Monday, May 12, 2014 | 11:20 a.m.
If we're being honest here, it's safe to say we take a bit of evil pleasure in watching the best players in the world do anything -- even just once -- that resembles something we're familiar with in our own game.
On Sunday, during the final round of the Players Championship, Richard H. Lee did just that.
Twice... on consecutive shots.
It all happened on the par-3 everyone knows, the 17th at TPC Sawgrass.
We know what you're thinking: If there's something a PGA Tour caliber player would do on that hole that I could also do, it would be to hit a tee shot in the water.
You're right, but that's not what Lee did. His tee shot, while a little long, did stay dry. Which makes this arguably the strangest double bogey ever made on the hole.
With his tee shot resting against the collar of the fringe and the rough, Lee attempted to hit a "belly" wedge on to the green. The problem? He very nearly missed the ball entirely. Once the club made contact on the top of the ball, it traveled a mere inches.
Realizing that perhaps the belly wedge wasn't the best idea, Lee then opted for his putter. The rough grabbed the putter and he nearly missed the ball again, sending it just a few inches further and still not on the green.
Here's the video:
From there, Lee managed to get up and down for double bogey.
There is nothing rare about a double bogey on the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass for the best of players. But, you'd be hard-pressed to find another double bogey by a PGA Tour player on that hole who used the same golf ball for each of the five shots.
Lee bogeyed the last hole for a final-round, 1-over 73 and tied for 65th.
Lee had a great sense of humor about his 17th-hole mishap via Twitter this morning:
— Richard H Lee (@Richard_LeePGA) May 12, 2014
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