British Open: Bubba Watson's sprinklerhead bank shot

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Lots of fun stuff can happen in links golf -- like this fortuitous bounce Bubba Watson got after a not-so-great shot off the side of a sprinklerhead.
By T.J. Auclair
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Saturday, July 16, 2016 | 5:30 a.m.

On the par-5 fourth hole at Royal Troon on Saturday morning in the third round of the Open Championship, Bubba Watson was the beneficiary of one of the all-time great bounces you'll ever see.

None too pleased with his low 6-iron second shot from the middle of the fairway 206 yards out, Watson groaned at the attempted draw that didn't draw... only to watch his ball take this amazing bounce off a sprinklerhead, kick virtually 90 degrees and roll on up to the green within 15 feet of the hole:

 

 

Wow. What a break. And what good is a great break if you can't capitalize? Watson did capitalize for a two-putt birdie, one of three birdies on his front nine.

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.