Quick 9: Memorable moments at Sawgrass's 17th

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There have been plenty of memorable moments on the 17th at TPC Sawgrass down the years. NCG picks out some of the best in Quick 9...

The 17th at TPC Sawgrass. A phrase that resonates with every golfer. The par-3 17th at TPC Sawgrass has become one of the most iconic holes in golf, mainly thanks to Pete Dye’s wife, Alice, whose idea it was to build a green in the middle of a swamp.

There have been many memorable moments from the Players Championship and many of those have come at the famous Sawgrass 17th hole.

Here are some of our favourites…

9. Fred Couples, 1999

It had been an opening round to forget for Couples. He stood on the 17th tee five-over par and looking to salvage what was left of his round.

It didn’t start well, his tee shot falling short and into the water. The coolest man in golf then holed his next for arguably the best par in Players history.

Couples went on to finish T4 in the tournament and cited the miracle hole-in-three as his inspiration to go on and make the cut.

8. Matt Kuchar, 2015

After over-cooking his tee shot, Kuchar found himself in trouble on the bridge at the back of the green.

Wondering what stance to take, the fan favourite decided to hit his shot one-handed and backwards.

Kuchar didn’t get up and down but he scrambled for a bogey when he could have easily walked off with a worse score.

 

7. Rickie Fowler, 2015

Seven years after his play-off win, Garcia found himself on the receiving end of a fabulous Sawgrass 17th tee shot. This time it would be Fowler who prevailed.

Fowler hit his tee shot close enough to set up a birdie to see off Garcia and Kevin Kisner at the first extra hole.

6. Russell Knox, 2016

Knox felt the full force of the 17th hole during the third round in 2016.

Standing on the tee at eight-under-par, the Scotsman hit three tee shots in the water to blow his chance of winning the Players.

Knox saw the funny side of the collapse the next day as he flung his arms in the air after finding the green with his tee shot.

5. Steve Lowery, 1998

It wasn’t a shot at the 17th that grabbed the headlines at the 1998 Players Championship. Instead, a seagull would provide the most entertaining moment.

Lowery had just found the middle of the green with his tee shot only for the bird to pick up his ball and drop in the water surrounding the island green.

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