Greg Norman found out the hard way Friday that "one bad shot can ruin the day." (Photo: The PGA of America)
All Norman's hard work undone by disastrous triple-bogey
All signs pointed to Greg Norman making a serious charge up the leaderboard Friday at the 70th Senior PGA Championship. Then it all came to crashing halt when he made a mess of the fourth-easiest hole at Canterbury Golf Club.
By Craig Dolch, Special to PGA.com
BEACHWOOD, Ohio -- Greg Norman spent almost four hours playing flawless golf Friday to move into contention in the second round of the 70th Senior PGA Championship.
He was 2 under through 15 holes at Canterbury Golf Club, moving from a 54th-place tie to inside the top 20.
But it all came apart during a 10-minute stretch on the par-5 16th hole, when a skulled chip led to a triple-bogey 8. Norman bogeyed the 17th hole and signed for a 2-over 72 that left him on the cut line at 5-over-par 145.
"One bad shot can ruin the day," a subdued Norman said afterward.
Norman got off to a good start at the 616-yard 16th hole when he hit the fairway. His troubles began when his second shot landed in the deep rough short and right of the green. He skulled his third shot over the green and watched in disgust as the ball sailed out of bounds.
"I just hit a sand wedge a little thin," he said.
Norman had to drop a ball back into the deep rough, hacked it out onto the green and three-putted for the snowman on the fourth-easiest hole Friday. He then badly missed the green at the par-3 17th for a bogey and saw a solid round turn into a disappointing one.
"I played very well for the first 15 holes," Norman said. "Two-under was the worst score I was ever going to shoot for the whole day. But what can I do? At the end of the day, you go home."
At least he's not going home for the weekend.