Billy Hurley III cans 50-footer for birdie

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Billy Hurley III was probably thinking "lag it up and tap in for par" when he faced a 50-footer at the par-4 12th hole on Sunday. Instead, he knocked it in for an unlikely birdie.
By T.J. Auclair
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Sunday, May 14, 2017 | 12:14 p.m.

Billy Hurley III isn't going to win the 2017 Players Championship, but the birdie he made on the par-4 12th hole in Sunday's final round will certainly give him something to smile about.

The revamped 12th hole at TPC Sawgrass is now a driveable par 4, but -- like many players this week -- Hurley laid up with an iron off the tee.

His second shot from the fairway, just 111 yards to the pin, was less than ideal, leaving him 50 feet to negotiate for a birdie.

Rather than lag up and hope for a two-putt par, Hurley went ahead and did this:

When you hit a putt like that one, you've got to feel like you stole one, no? 

T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.