Even pros struggle
Friday, June 5, 2009
DUBLIN, Ohio – This will not be a clip the PGA Tour uses to support its motto, “These Guys Are Good.”
Vijay Singh and Geoff Ogilvy showed how to chop up the 18th hole at Muirfield Village, in totally different manners.
Singh, sitting on the cut line at 4-over in the Memorial Tournament, drove it through the fairway and had 119 yards to the uphill green. With the wind at his back, he flew the green, hit the cart path 20 yards behind the green, and watched as the ball jumped another 40 yards and over a fence around the clubhouse.
A ground-rule double?
Actually, he got a free drop, but from an impossible downhill lie beneath the CBS booth, Singh pitched through the green and into the bunker. With a double-bogey he finished at 6-over and was able to leave early.
As for Ogilvy, who had double-bogeyed the 17th to drop to 1-over, he drove into the bunkers right, then pulled his approach from 135 yards left and long. He, too, had a tough shot and left his third in the rough. Though he got it up-and-down for a bogey, the Aussie was hardly happy.
In fact, the only one in the group left with a smile was Jim Furyk, who played it text book – 3-wood into the fairway, approach to 8 feet, one-putt birdie, and at 7-under he was tied for the lead.