Whether you’re a professional or an amateur, golf can be a frustrating and unforgiving sport.
PGA Tour pro Nick Watney can tell you all about that after his terrible performance on the 17th green at TPC Sawgrass on Thursday.
During the first round of the Players Championship, Watney teeed off the 17th hole, a par 3 that features an island-like green that’s not too far out but still tricky for all levels of play.
Watney, 41, missed the club when he hit his tee shot from 125 yards past the forward pin and found the water. He was the 13th player to do it in the first round, but that wasn’t even the worst.
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The shot from the dropping box also saw Watney too strong as his 82-yard drive left him with a downhill putt from 29 feet.
Trying to bogey away on his first putt, Watney pushed four feet past the cup. His next putt stayed right on the blade and also missed the hole.
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Frustrated, Watney immediately reached for the ball to bunt it, but that rush didn’t work in his favor. He missed the tap-in, and even NBC Sports’ Mike Tirico couldn’t contain himself.
«For for!» he yelled at her on the broadcast.
Watney finally hit the ball for a quadruple bogey and walked off the green in obvious disappointment.
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It hasn’t been the best of weeks leading up to Players for Watney, who has missed the cut in six of his last seven events. He is ranked 160th in the FedEx Cup standings.
Watney ended up shooting 4-overs in his first round when he eradicated an eagle and two birdies in his round with this quadruple bogey and a triple bogey on the 10th hole. He continued to bogey the 18th hole to finish 7-over in the back . nine.
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Chad Ramey finished Thursday as the leader at eight under par, while Collin Morikawa trails him by one stroke.