PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — There’s only one rule you must obey when you’re playing the gorgeous final hole at Pebble Beach: do not go left.
Running along the left side of the 18th hole is the Pacific Ocean, and history and physics have shown that it’s very difficult to play out of an ocean.
Lucas Bjerregaard, a Danish professional golfer best known in America as the guy who knocked Tiger Woods out of Match Play a couple months back, stepped up to the 18th hole — his ninth of the day — with a mildly rough +3 round. He would walk off 18 with a hole blown in his scorecard and his weekend hopes.
What happened? Simple: he put the ball in the ocean twice and out of bounds once. That’ll get you a nice hefty 11 on your scorecard ... and Bjerregaard still had another 9 holes to play. And he did it without his driver, which he slung into the Pacific Ocean in rage.
The good news? Bjerregaard still finished eight strokes better than the worst hole ever carded in U.S. Open history: a 19 that Ray Ainsley somehow managed on a par-4 hole at Cherry Hills in 1938. Thank heaven for that, right?
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