Over at golf.com they're discussing some of the worst breaks they've ever experienced or observed and Gary Van Sickle came up with Joe Daley's unbelievable experience.
Seeing is believing
In all my very many years of playing golf I've never ever seen this happen and here's the proof that it does happen. The YouTube clip.
Michael Bamberger concurs, "Joe Daley and his Tour school putt that was in and out. You gotta see the clip. All it cost him was a Tour card."
The 13 Unluckiest Breaks in Golf History
In my opinion some of golf.com's, "The 13 Unluckiest Breaks in Golf History" don't quite fit what I'd describe as an unlucky break.
The three opening illustrations include, Jean Van de Velde, Roberto De Vicenzo and Tiger Woods and Van de Velde comes in at No1
"When Van de Velde hit a 2-iron at the grandstand, thinking he’d be safe from the water and get a free drop, he never imagined it would bounce off the railing and arc into the deepest rough on the course. It did and one trip to the water, triple-bogey."
However it's not quite so simple. It's more of a good break, bad break scenario.
The good news is that after a very wayward tee shot Jean found a very kind lie in the rough. So good he decided to go for the green with his second shot. Had he simply hit a wedge from the rough and then other wedge to the green he'd would never have put himself in danger of hitting the grandstand.
Such a stupid I am
Coming in at No 3 and quoting Roberto De Vicenzo's remark after what was after all a bad mistake rather than a bad break Roberto said, "Such a stupid I am."
You decide. Unlucky break or bad management?
"After De Vicenzo bogied the 72nd hole, he assumed he had tied Bob Goalby and the two would play off the next day. Unfortunately, his playing partner, Tommy Aaron, mistakenly marked that De Vicenzo had made a 4 on the 17th instead of the 3 he actually made. De Vicenzo signed his card without noticing the error…"
Tiger's tough break
Now here's one that's definitely unlucky and I'm inclined to think that just as it was Joe Daley's destiny and the time was not right for him, Likewise for Tiger at the 2013 Masters.
"Chasing Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 professional majors, Woods arrived at the par-5 15th hole in the second round tied for the lead—and about to grab it, after striking a near-perfect wedge from 87 yards. Instead, it clanked off the flagstick and scooted into the water hazard fronting the green. An improper drop, not cleared up and ruled on until the next day, gave him an 8, rather than the 4 he would have likely made. He finished four shots back of Adam Scott."
Here's the link to the discussion
Quote of the Day
“Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots, but you have to play the ball where it lies.” – Bobby Jones