May 23, 2014
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
- Jimmy Walker said he never saw his ball hitting a bird on his tee shot at the 17th hole. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Neither Jimmy Walker nor one of his playing partners, Adam Scott, had any idea Friday that Walker's tee shot at the par-4 17th hole during the second round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial had struck a bird in mid-flight.
The first time Walker heard about it was during his news conference following Friday's round when he was asked whether his ball had struck the bird.
"I couldn't see that," Walker replied. "I don't think so, or otherwise it probably wouldn't have gone anywhere. It got down there pretty far. We saw it fly the whole way and then it kind of disappeared over the trees, so I don't think so."
Walker's tee shot with an iron went 229 yards, leaving him 134 yards to the pin. The distance numbers were not out of the ordinary -- in the first round, Walker's tee shot went 244 yards.
Replays showed that the ball glanced off the bird, which then continued to fly (see video below). When told that it was his tee shot, Walker said, "I didn't see it."
Neither did Scott.
"I did not even see it," Scott said. Then he added with a smile, "Poor bird."
Jimmy Walker's tee shot hits bird mid-flight at Crowne Plaza