The Shag Bag
07 NOV 2017
Holes-in-one were particularly hard to come by on the 14th hole at the Turkish Airlines Open last week. On Thursday, Justin Rose nearly holed his tee shot without a bounce on the 172-yard par 3 when his ball hit the flagstick on the fly just inches above the cup.
The following day, Shane Lowry just missed an ace of his own on 14 after hitting what appeared to be a perfect tee shot. However, just like Rose’s shot a day earlier, the Irishman’s ball also deflected off of the flagstick and came to rest less than a foot away from the hole.
Incredibly, Lowry and Rose weren’t the only golfers in the field last week who were snake bitten by that pesky flagstick. On Saturday, while playing alongside Lowry, Thomas Pieters hit a carbon copy of the Irishman’s shot from the previous round and watched in horror as his ball also clanked against the flagstick and stayed out of the hole!
Tiger Woods thrilled golf fans around the world last week when he announced, via a statement on his website, that he will be in the field at the Hero World Challenge later this month. The 14-time major winner underwent spinal fusion surgery in April and only received medical clearance to start taking full swings at the beginning of October. Since that time, Woods has posted numerous videos of his iron and driver swings. And truth be told, the swings look pretty, prettay good!
As you can see in these videos, Woods is swinging easily and rhythmically, and he is finally back to hitting his signature, coveted stinger once again! Although Woods has won the Hero World Challenge five times before, we don’t suggest that you go rushing to place any bets on the California native just yet. Woods has not won a golf tournament since the Bridgestone Invitational in 2013, and has not played in a single competitive event since withdrawing from the Dubai Desert Classic because of back spasms last February. Nevertheless, Woods’s return is obviously great for the sport. And, if he makes it through all four rounds of the Hero World Challenge unscathed and remains healthy into the New Year, there’s no reason to think that we won’t be seeing Tiger at Augusta National next year.
Shank of the Week
Henrik Stenson tried to hit a hero shot from behind a tree in his opening round at the Turkish Airlines Open. His shot did not snap-hook like he was hoping, but the shaft of his 9-iron sure did!
Recovery of the Week
If the parking lot isn’t marked out of bounds, play that ball as it lies!
Swing of the Week
We’ve watched this so many times now and we still don’t know how it’s possible!
Shot of the Week