When Cameron Tringale stepped onto the 14th tee of the PGA Championship Friday, he regarded like he was headed for a weekend of battling with the leaders.
Five holes later, he was in all probability checking his telephone for the primary flight out of city.
Tringale was 13 over par throughout that stretch, together with a triple bogey on 14, a quintuple bogey on 16, a quad bogey on 17 and an everyday outdated bogey on 18.
When he stepped to the 14th tee, he was -3, simply two pictures again of the lead. When he walked off the 18th inexperienced, he was + 10 … 15 again.
Even with 9 holes nonetheless to play as a consequence of his tenth tee begin, his probabilities of making the minimize had been all however gone.
Welcome to the Kiawah Island Ocean Course in South Carolina, the place the wheels can come off within the blink of a watch.
Players knew coming into the week that 14-18 had been going to be a critical check. It consists of two lengthy, powerful par 3s (14 and 17) and a brutally troublesome par-4 18th gap. Those holes solely turned more difficult with 20-plus mph wind gusts on Friday afternoon.
Tringale’s nightmare started with a tee shot within the left tough of the 14th, adopted by two dangerous chips and a missed 4-foot putt. The triple bogey dropped him from 3-under (tied for second place at the time) to even par on the match, nonetheless nicely throughout the projected cutline.
Then issues actually got here aside on the par-5 sixteenth. It began with two straight tee pictures within the water and, nicely, shot tracker in all probability greatest illustrates how issues went from there.
And then extra bother on the seventeenth.
By the time he holed out for a bogey on the 18th, he was 10-over with the cutline hovering round 4-over. In different phrases, sport over.
A 33-year-old PGA Tour veteran who’s 66th on the planet and thirty eighth on this season’s FedEx Cup standings was delivered to his knees in a little bit greater than an hour at Kiawah.
Perhaps it is proof that this is without doubt one of the hardest stretches of golf on the planet.
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