March 18 2012
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
PALM HARBOR, Fla. -- Charlie Wi made a 13 Sunday on the par-5 fifth hole at the Transitions Championship.
The trouble began when Wi’s drive landed in the right rough and came to rest next to a woodchip. Wi tried to hit 6-iron, but the woodchip caused the ball to shoot dead right and into the tress.
Wi tried to hit his third shot through a 5-6 foot v-shaped opening in the tree in front of him but instead his 5-iron hit the stump and the ball ricocheted into the driving range. He took a drop, hit 5-iron and again watched as his ball again went into the range.
“That’s not getting up so give me 6-iron,” Wi said he told his caddie.
Whack. The same thing happened.
“The range just stopped,” Wi said. “Everyone was looking at me.”
By this point, Wi had dug such a divot he couldn’t attempt the same shot again, so he chipped out -- only his ball landed behind a tree, forcing him to chip out again.
Once he got out of the trees in 10, Wi hit onto the green and two-putted for the 13.
“I should have just gone [Kevin] Na and beat him,” Wi joked afterward, referring to the 16 Na made during last year’s Valero Texas Open.
Adding to the problem was that Wi started the day with only six golf balls in his bag. “I was going to ask for one back from the standard bearer,” his caddie joked.
This was the second straight week a player made an unusually high number. In the final round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, Sergio Garcia made a 12.
Wi finished his round strong, though, playing his last four holes in one less stroke with four straight 3s, including two birdies on Nos. 16 and 18 to shoot 78.