No example is greater than Y.E. Yang at the eleventh hole on Saturday. Standing at 4-under for the week, and still very much in contention with the reachable par-5s left on the back nine, Yang had a daunting second shot into the always tough par-4. One foot in the pine straw, and the other in the second cut where his ball sat, Yang went after the approach with a hybrid.
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Problem was, his foot slipped, and the result was something you probably have never seen a PGA Tour player do; a complete cold-top that nearly hit his left leg, and was heading directly into the woods before bouncing off a tree, and back into the fairway, 15 yards ahead of where he was.
It seemed when his foot slipped, his balance went kaput, and he hit the shot so bad on the heel that it nearly went out of play. His third shot missed the green, and Yang had to settle for a double-bogey that could have been much worse.
So, remember, even when you cold-top, shank it and nearly kill the cart girl, PGA Tour pros have done the same thing. The only difference is, the course they did it at was probably a lot nicer than where you're playing. Sorry.
- Augusta National