December 19, 2010
If you're randomly scouring scores for the European Tour's South African Open, and let's face, why wouldn't you be, you'd probably notice an eerie similarity. Everyone in the field made a par on the par-3 4th hole during the final round. Strange, right?
Not so much when you hear about what happened. The golf course sustained so much rainfall this week, that on Sunday, the fourth hole was basically unplayable, forcing players like Retief Goosen (pictured) to just walk past the par-3 and take a par.
It basically changed the Durban Country Club from a par-72 to a par-69, and made for another wacky instance to add to the list of strange things in golf that happened this season (two 59s, a major decided on a rules violation just to name one of the many rules infractions).
The forced par didn't stop Ernie Els from taking home the trophy with a score of 25-under, the lowest ever shot in this event. Maybe Ernie could have used that extra hole to add another birdie.