Chris DiMarco has just finished playing the 17th hole in Thursday’s first round of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic. DiMarco, who started his round off the 10th tee, is off to a nice start at 2 under through his first eight holes.
Perhaps even more important, he managed par at the 485-yard par-4 17th – which is a positive for DiMarco, who does not have good vibes on that hole.
In his Outside the Ropes feature for PGATOUR.COM, DiMarco tells the story of when he was 12 years old and playing the Magnolia course at the Walt Disney World Resort. He recalled that he “kept hooking it in the water” and eventually carded a 17 on the hole. He had tears in his eyes as he headed to the 18th hole that day.
His struggles at that hole still affect him, as he calls it a “scary tee ball” when he reaches the hole.
“Knowing you made a 17 at that hole, no matter how old you are, the memory is still there,” said DiMarco, who won’t have to play the 17th again until Saturday if he can make the cut (he’ll play the Palm course in Friday’s second round).
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Chris DiMarco talks about his experiences at the 17th hole at the Magnolia course, in this revealing Outside the Ropes feature.