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.
Watch: Champ's nine-story golf shot
Series: Golf Buzz
Published: Thursday, April 24, 2014 | 4:21 p.m.
"Nervous" doesn't even begin to describe just how nervous 2013 Senior PGA Champion Kohki Idoki was on Thursday afternoon.
Standing on the edge of the ninth floor at the still-under-construction Inn at Harbor Shores, Idoki prepared to hit a shot from a platform over a parking lot filled with cars, across the street, and on to the fifth tee box, fashioned as a temporary green, at Harbor Shores -- site of the 2014 Senior PGA Championship, May 22-25 -- as part of Media Day.
Getting to the ninth floor alone was terrifying, as it required a ride on an outdoor elevator -- a cage on all four sides, as well as the elevator floor. Yikes!
Throughout the stunt, Idoki shook his head many times as if to say, "I can't believe I'm doing this," with the wind whipping on the cold, overcast southwest Michigan day.
The total distance of the shot? Two-hundred and 15 yards to a tiny target, about seven yards long and seven yards wide.
Idoki warmed up with a couple of swings to try and calibrate the distance, taking into account the extreme nine-story drop in elevation, along with the howling wind.
He finally settled on a utility-5 and hit the green to the delight of the 50 or so people gathered on the ninth-floor landing. You can see Idoki's shot and the reaction here:
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