By the numbers: No. 17 at THE PLAYERS Championship
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Written by Staff @PGATOUR
TPC Sawgrass No. 17 highlights from Round 4 of THE PLAYERS
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Round 4 at THE PLAYERS Championship brought cooler conditions and gustier winds. A total of 17 balls hit the water on No. 17, the most of any round this year.
Rory McIlroy made an important par on No. 17 to take a one-shot lead heading into the final hole. He would go on to earn the victory.
|Actual Yardage||136 yards|
|Balls in the water||17|
|Closest to the pin||2' 10"|
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. –
Tiger Woods experienced redemption on No. 17 with a near ace and some belly laughs with playing partner Kevin Na.
Round 4 on Sunday should bring some interesting challenges with cooler conditions and gustier winds in the forecast.
Tiger Woods had pushed his way into the top 10 at THE PLAYERS Championship and then disaster struck at the iconic par-3 17th island green on Friday.
The 80-time PGA TOUR winner was three under on his round through seven holes and just two back of the lead when he overcooked his tee shot with a pitching wedge and watched it roll over the back of the green and into the water.
Things would get worse from there for the two-time FedExCup champion.
Woods decided against reteeing and headed to the drop zone.
His first attempt from the shame circle took one bounce and again found a watery grave before his fifth shot found the putting surface.
“I figured I can handle an 80-yard shot and obviously I can't,” Woods deadpanned when asked why he didn’t just reload from the tee.
Two putts later and Woods had a quadruple bogey seven, his worst ever score on the hole in what is his 69th competitive round at TPC Sawgrass.
“I was pretty ticked, no doubt about that,” Woods said of the 17th.
Before this week the two-time PLAYERS winner had just four total water balls at the 17th hole.
Can’t get much better at the 17th hole than Ryan Moore’s shot Thursday. His hole-in-one is the ninth in the history of THE PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass’ island green.
Moore used a 54-degree sand wedge to record the fifth ace in his career.
“I was just waiting to go see where the ball went and then no ball showed up,” Moore said after finishing his round of 67. “So then from there, obviously we got excited. Couldn't have a more amazing hole to have an ace on, obviously one of the most iconic holes in golf.”
There were other highlights – and, as usual, a few lowlights (sorry, Paul Casey – two balls in the water) in the first round.
|Actual Yardage||121 yards|
|Balls in the water||14|
|Closest to the pin||0' 00"|