Flubs and Freak Outs from the Pros
By Jackelyn Crawford
When you've shot a bad game, sometimes the best way to recover is to grab a beer, take to YouTube and soothe your ego by watching the pros goof up or lose their cool on the course. Check out our collection of not-so-professional golf bloopers and conniptions.
Kevin Na shoots the worst par 4 hole in PGA Tour history
Na's ball gets the best of him, 16 times, at the 2011 Valero Texas Open. He gets stuck in the woods for 13 of these shots, one of which hits a tree then ricochets back to hit him - resulting in a 2-shot penalty. It seems almost justified that that he ends up cutting down the tree with a chainsaw a year later in an episode of Inside the PGA TOUR.
Top-ranked Spanish pro Garcia takes out his frustration of a 6-over-par score at the 2010 US PGA Championship at Whistling Straits by hacking away at a bunker. By the way he's attacking the bunker, it's almost as if he truly believes it to be responsible for his bad hit.
During the crucial last round of the 2009 World Golf Championships in Shanghai, all four of these pros mess up their shots, minutes after one another. We can't decide what's more amusing - Mickelson's "red-faced" inability to clear his shot from the fringe, Els' drive into the lake or the posh British commentators who just "cannot, cannot believe all the goings on."
Staying true to his wild colours, championship golfer John Daly claims he's run out of balls after he shoots seven into the lake at the 10th hole of the 2011 Australian Open. He then proceeds to walk off the course, breaching PGA Tour regulations and getting himself banned from Australian golf. Fans know this isn't the first time Daly's temper has come out on the course. Good thing he makes up for his episodes by pulling off impressive stunts like this.
Padraig Harrington shoots 8 on a par 3 at the 8th hole during the 2009 US PGA Championship, after maintaining par for every previous hole. Two shots go into the lake, one nearly knocks out Henrik Stenson and the entire eight causes him to blow his place one shot off Tiger Woods' lead.
Fiery-tempered Stenson finally succumbs to his anger at the 2011 US Open, snapping the shaft on his club after a bad shot on hole 15. In the end he succeeds not only in hurting his score, but hurting himself.