Woods pulls off amazing bunker shot in Mexico
Golf shots that can heard around the world are few and far between these days.
Sure there was Tiger’s wedge shot that famously balanced on the edge of the cup before dropping into the hole on the 16th during the final round of the 2005 US Masters.
** Skip to 4:08 for bunker shot
Then there was Larry Mize’s famous chip-in to steal the 1987 US Masters away from our own Greg Norman.
Now we may have to include yet another Tiger Woods gem following his absolute stunner in last weekend’s WGC-Mexico Championship which saw him finish equal 10th, 13 shots behind runaway winner Dustin Johnson.
Woods was five-under-par for his round as he stood on the tee at the ninth – his final hole of the day – and intent on getting himself into position for a big weekend finish at the Chapultepec Golf Club in Mexico City.
A slightly-errant tee shot finished up in a fairway bunker down the right which left him blocked out by the trees and his chances of hitting the green looking all but out of the question.
You must be kidding…Woods showed that at the age of 43 he can still produce the impossible and his next shot had to be seen to be believed.
Tiger pulled a nine iron from his bag and with an exaggerated finish managed to slice his ball out of the bunker and around the trees, hitting the left side of the green and spinning, sideways mind you, straight towards the hole cut on the lower right of the green.
His shot finished just four metres from the hole.
Sadly the Cinderella story finished there because he missed the putt.
But the shot was already being broadcast around the world on social media.
“The ball was sitting down just enough where I didn’t think I could clear that tree,” explained Woods after shooting 66 in his second round.
“I went back to try to cut it with an eight iron and then I realised that’s going to come out too hot, it’s going to miss the slope.”
“[So] I ended up going back to the nine iron and I realised, ‘gee, I’ve really got to slice this thing’.”
“So I opened up and gave it as much of a cut motion as I possibly could…and it worked out.”