Between sand traps, shrubs, bodies of water and tall grass, and I’ve seen some crazy golf shots. So what happens when your golf ball gets stuck up in a tree? Most golfers would take a one-shot penalty and drop the ball within two club lengths.
During the final round of the 2013 Arnold Palmer Invitational, Sergio Garcia took a risk and decided to play the ball as it laid in the tree. It may sound like a crazy idea but it worked.
It was his second shot on hole number 10, which is a par four at Bay Hill Course in Orlando, FL. Not only did he hit it one-handed, he also hit it backwards.
I understand that Garcia is a PGA golfer but I’ve honestly never seen anyone climb a tree and then successfully hit it out. Considering it was stuck in a tree, it did seem to have a pretty good lie and there was extra room to take the shot.
Garcia still double-bogeyed the hole so the shot must not have helped him too much. Due to his poor performance, he actually ended up withdrawing from the tournament a couple of holes later.
What kind of professional golfer withdraws from an invitational? Every golfer had his bad days, but that doesn’t mean that he should have given up. Then again, I don’t think anything would have topped his shot after climbing the tree.
Shortly after he withdrew, the invitational was postponed due to sever weather on the course. It will resume on Monday with Tiger Woods in the lead. If Woods wins the tournament, he will finally regain the title of being the number one golfer in the world for the first time since 2010.