Golfer Goes All Happy Gilmore Hits One Of The Worst/Best Shots In Major History
Rod Pampling wasn’t trying to be an ass when he attempted a Happy Gilmore-esque shot at the PGA Championship. The Australian golfer had a valid reason to attempt this horrendous/glorious shot at Quail Hollow – he didn’t want to have to get up early the next day. See, I told you it was valid. The horn was about to sound to suspend play for darkness at the second round of the PGA Championship and Pampling took one for his team. If the horn sounds after a player has teed off the rest of the group can tee off and finish the hole. At the ninth hole, Pampling was sitting at 12 over par and outside the cut, so he rushed to hit his drive a la Happy Gilmore style.
— PGA of America (@PGA) August 12, 2017
Thanks to TrackMan we see that Pampling’s shot had an apex of 13 feet. Yes, 13 feet. Had Pampling not rushed, his team would have had to get up around 5 a.m. to come back to the course, warm up, and play one measly, meaningless hole since they were out of it anyways.
Pampling had this to say about his bizarre shot, “It was the best thing I did all day.”