We’ve all been there. You’re playing a round and standing over a tap-in putt, trying to get out of everybody’s way. The next thing you know your ball rims out and you’ve embarrassingly got an even longer putt to finish up the hole.
The thing is, when we do it, there’s usually not all that much on the line. When Joe Durant did this very thing on Sunday at the PGA Tour Champions’ Shaw Charity Classic, well, the tournament was sort of hanging in the balance.
Durant was on the par-4 17th hole, siting at 14 under par. He played the opening 11 holes at Canada’s Canyon Meadows Golf & Country Club in five under, but had bogeyed the 13th and 15th to fall into a tie for the lead with Scott McCarron.
Looking a birdie to retake the lead on the penultimate hole, Durant missed, leaving himself around a foot to finish with a par. Surely he was thinking get this in and get on to the par-5 18th, a hole where birdie was in play and the chance for his fourth career senior win was real.
But then, well, let’s just say there’s some viewer discretion advised.
Unfortunately for Durant, McCarron moments later made a birdie on the 18th to jump to a two-stroke lead. So when Durant wound up birdieing the 18th himself, he wound up finishing one agonizing stroke short of a playoff.