Every golfer on the planet has likely experienced the dreaded four-putt at one point or another in their life. Whether it was at the tail end of a poor round or you were rushing to squeeze in the last couple of holes as the sun was setting, the number "4" has probably appeared on your card under the putting category.
For the average professional golfer, they're used to seeing the number four as well. Only for them, they usually equate it to a par or birdie on a hole. But a four-putt? It doesn't happen all that often -- especially on the PGA Tour.
Charl Schwartzel was one of the unlikeliest candidates to record the dreaded number on TPC Boston's greens at the start of the third round. Only three shots back of the lead at the Deutsche Bank Championship, the 2011 Masters champion was cruising along at 9-under before hitting an early road bump on Sunday.
After going out in 3-over 39, you could tell things weren't going Schwartzel's way. That was apparent after he doubled-bogeyed the 14th hole ... and then the 16th. And then the wheels officially came off on the 18th green when he attempted to close out the round on a positive note by converting a three-footer for birdie.
Sounds easy, right? Not this time. Instead of easing the ball into the hole, Schwartzel tried to power it home, watching as it hit the back of the cup and went dead right. Then came the par putt. Another miss.
Clearly frustrated, Schwartzel then tried to knock the ball in with the back of his putter -- we've all done this before -- and watched as it slid by the hole. One more putt later and the South African was the proud owner of a four-putt.
Yikes. That, in my opinion, has to be one of the worst putting performances inside three-feet in golf history. Missing once or twice is one thing. But four times? You have to feel bad for Schwartzel, who doubled three of the last five holes to end the day. His 8-over 79 knocked him out of contention going into the final round.
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