By Stephen Hennessey
Tiger Woods had quite the adventurous fifth hole at Bay Hill on Sunday. First, the 14-time major champion took a big-time rip with his driver—not opting to play it safe on the dogleg left 390-yard par 4—and instead of taking it over the trees off the tee. The result was a 337-yard drive that left him in the heavy rough just 42 yards away. We saw a vintage Tiger recoil after that big-time lash:
THAT RECOIL! pic.twitter.com/EDIwK0xS1z
— Skratch (@Skratch) March 18, 2018
Tiger’s second shot, a little running pitch from that heavy stuff, got stopped by a sprinkler head—robbing his ball from rolling onto the green. A tough break. That set up this next bit of misfortune. Though his third shot from off the green certainly had a little too much juice on it, how does this ball not drop?
The reaction from Tiger says it all.
Hit a house.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 18, 2018
The result? A not-so-average par. But a par all the same. Still, it was the second straight hole we saw Tiger hit a fantastic drive—nearly hitting the longest drive of the day on the previous hole. We know the ball speed is back, perhaps Tiger just needs a few breaks to fall his way.
What Tiger should have done to that flagstick pic.twitter.com/kjaM0UgJgs
— Shooter McGavin (@ShooterMcGavin_) March 18, 2018