7 weirdest golf moments of the year

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There are some things that happen on the golf course that are really, really strange. Let's celebrate the best of 2016.
By Matt S. Craig

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Sunday, December 11, 2016 | 2:09 p.m.

The word "weird" is hard to define. It's really something that you just know when you see.

Golf is a game that brings out the best, worst, and weirdest in all of sports. Here's the best 2016 had to offer.

7. Spencer Lavin's absurb club throw. "Whoops!" sums it up much better than I ever could. If you take weird to mean funny and unique, then look no farther then watching Lavin's club slip out of his hand and fly out of the atmosphere. The antics only phase him for a moment, before returning a laser focus to where his ball is headed. That's a true professional.


6. The capybaras emerging at the Olympic Golf Course in Rio. The return of golf to the Olympics was a tremendous success. The venue was in Brazil, but it might has well have been Mars with these mystery monsters stalking the premises. The beasts were perfectly described in our "Top 9 animal encounters" piece as "part dog/part beaver/part PLEASE STAY AWAY FROM ME."


5. Rory McIlroy taking 6 shots to get out of a pot bunker. If weird to you means, "there's no way that just happened," then I got one for you. During a practice round for this year's Open Championship, Rory McIlroy found the famous "postage stamp bunker" on Royal Troon's eighth hole. It took McIlroy six shots to escape the bunker, an adventure captured by Sky Sports on Facebook Live.

The fun starts around the 5:30 mark:


4. Phil Mickelson hitting a ball through a fence, with the reverse end of a hybrid. Only Phil would attempt this shot. After finding his ball sitting beneath a metal fence on the outside of the property, because of course, Phil decides to play the ball instead of taking a drop, because of course.



Not only did Mickelson hit this shot with the reverse side of his hybrid, slamming the fence on his follow through, he actually got the ball back into play. Because of course!


3. How did Phil Mickelson's putt for 62 not go in? Speaking of Phil, how in the world did that this putt during the opening round of this year's Open Championship to shoot the lowest score in major championship history not drop!? After the round, Mickelson was asked if he believed in the golf gods. "I didn't, but now I do now." It literally hurts me to rewatch this.




2. Ryder Cup heckler comes out of the crowd to win $100 on bet. Professional golfers have to deal with hecklers all the time. But during the practice rounds of this year's Ryder Cup, Rory McIlroy and Andy Sullivan decided to call out one heckler who was hyping up his own short game. With a $100 bill lying next to the ball, the fan went ahead and sunk the putt in front of an uproarious crowd. In addition to the money, the stunt earned him a spot on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert."


1. Brooks Koepka's drive landing on Thomas Pieters' father's backpack at the Ryder Cup. Fans watch the Ryder Cup every two years expecting to see something they've never seen before. Well this year Koepka gave the fans just that, although not quite exactly how they expected. On the drivable par 4 fifth hole, Koepka's drive flew wide, landing on top of the backpack of a spectator.

That would be wild enough, but it gets even more weird when you learn that the man wearing the backpack was none other than the father of Koepka's competition: Thomas Pieters. What are the odds? For the full video and close up images click here.


Matt S. Craig is a PGA.com intern and a Digital Sports Production student at Ball State University.