What Can Happen, Will Happen!

Throughtout the ages of  the great game of golf, there have been some pretty  weird and remarkable feats! Here are a few that actually happened, proving once again: WHAT CAN HAPPEN, WILL HAPPEN!

  • In the year of 1930, Bobby Jones had fortune smile upon him at the U.S. Open at Interlachen Country Club. In the 2nd round, just as Jones was trying to reach the par-five ninth hole in two, a couple of small girls ran out from the crowd. Jones half-topped his shot, which skipped twice across a lake and finished 30 yards short of the hole. He made birdie and won the open.
  • Greg Norman’s half airmailed the 10th green during the 1980 World Match Play at Wentworth, England., hit a spectator in the head, and bounced back on the green. He made par and went on to win by one stroke.
  • Mickey Write recalls that during a tournament in Texas, with a 40 MPH wind, vary hard ground, and perfect timing hit her drive over the green on a 385-yard hole….. This one seems to be a little hard to believe!
  • During the 1979 English Classic at Belfry Golf Club, Seve Ballesteros hooked his drive on the final hole. It started toward a lagoon, where it bounced off an overturned dinghy on the water’s edge and back onto the fairway. From there, Seve made a birdie and won the title.
  • In the third round of the 1986 PGA Championship, Ben Crenshaw was so disgusted by his approach to the 18th hole at Inverness Club outside Toledo, Ohio, that he tossed his 9-iron into the air. The club came down and hit himself on the back of his head, leaving a gouge that later required stiches.
  • Royalty has its privilege….. especially at Royal Wimbledon, where Edward VII, a 12 handicap, scored a hole -in-one during his year as club captain in 1928-1929. The ace came courtesy of the five caddies who conspired to see his ball fall into the cup with help on a blind par three.
  • During an Italian Open, some years back, an Italian player three putted a green. A fellow countryman rushed out of the crowd and punched the player on the nose….. some people never learn!
  • At Wentworth Falls, Australia, in 1928, two players in a foursome hit their tee shots to opposite sided of the ninth green. They chipped at the same time: The two balls collided in flight and both dropped into the hole.
  • Immediately after the gun sounded to start a shotgun event at Highlands Golf Club in Cosmopolis,  Washington. Bob LaCroix struck his tee shot on the par-three fifth hole. The ball ricocheted off a tree and into the hole ten seconds after the tournament started.
  • Nigel Denham saw his second shot to the 18th green at Moortown, Yorkshire, England, bounce up the steps and into the clubhouse. Hs ball rolled through an open door, ricocheted off a wall and came to rest in the man’s bar. From there he played his shot through an open window to within 12 feet of the flag.
  • Pitching to the fifth green at Weston, Massachusetts Golf Club, Malcolm Russell lodged his ball in a tree. Three days later, while playing the same hole, the ball dropped out at Russell’s feet…..Think he was using a tree-wood?
  • Art Powell sliced his drive on the 265-yard ninth hole at Muskerry, in Northern Ireland. The ball hit the roof of a cottage, bounced back onto the fairway, rolled onto the green, and into the hole.
  • As he was sizing up a 15-foot eagle putt on the 280-yard, par four third hole at Elks Club Golf Club in Rapid City, South Dakota, Mike Williams noticed a ball flying towards him. Hit by Bob Malone, the ball bounced off the foot of Williams’ caddie and disappeared in the cup for a hole-in-one. Williams missed his putt.
  • Kay Laffoon once found himself needing to two putt from three feet to win a tournament. He missed his first attempt by three inches. That made him so pissed he slammed the putter down on the ball, which jumped two feet in the air and fell into the cup for a victory….. Some times it pays to have a bad temper, I guess?
  • E.D. Anthony, Jr., of West Palm Beach, Florida, hit a shot so high on the third hole at Ocean Reef in Key Largo that the ball struck a small plane about to land at a nearby airport.  Anthony’s ball dropped in the rough. Not knowing how to rule, his partners let Anthony hit again without penalty.  The plane did land safely, by the way!
  • A golfer on a public course near San Francisco hit his ball into a grassy overhang on a bunker, where it teetered precariously. While taking a closer look, he sneezed and his dentures fell out, hitting the ball and knocking it into the bunker.

During the second hole of a playoff against Sandy Lyle at the 1987 Players Championship. Jeff Shuman was lining up a six-foot putt for a birdie and victory on the 17th green,  when suddenly a spectator jumped into the lake. Sluman’s concentration was broken and he missed the putt. Lyle won on the next hole….. Proving once again, what can happen, will happen!



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