Pro hits second shot 37 yards BACKWARDS, saves par, then gives it large!

Spain's Angel Hidalgo pulled off a remarkable par save during the third round of the Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters on the DP World Tour.

Pro hits second shot 37 yards BACKWARDS, saves par, then gives it large!
Pro hits second shot 37 yards BACKWARDS, saves par, then gives it large!

We've seen some remarkable things on the DP World Tour over the last few weeks, but this from Spain's Angel Hidalgo during the third round of the Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters was quite simply something else. 

Real Club Valderrama is a notoriously difficult place to navigate but it seems that Hidalgo, 24, has had absolutely no problems so far. 

He tied the tournament course record with a bogey-free 8-under 63 on Friday

Then this happened. I mean, his tournament threatened to unravel in the space of one hole. This could have been the stuff of nightmares.

We join the action at No. 9 and Hidalgo, who is ranked 335 in the world, hits his tee shot way left of the fairway on the 441-yard par-4. 


From the thick rough, he tries to navigate a low draw onto the dancefloor. Shot Tracker informs us that he's 158 yards to the pin. 

But unfortunately when he made contact his golf ball hit the tree in front of him. Hidalgo had no idea where the ball initially went. 

When he found it, it had travelled 37 yards in the wrong direction. He had to cross the gallery rope to go and find it.

One of us! One of us!

Related: Bob MacIntyre compares Valderrama to Augusta National

"And this is how you can all of a sudden out of the blue run up a very big number at Valderrama golf course," the commentator states. 

He then has 202 yards to the pin. With his third shot, Hidalgo's golf ball lands on the green and then settles in the second cut of rough. 

Job almost done. 

He elected to putt his fourth shot and drained it. What an unbelievable par save! Right in the centre of the cup. 

Just listen to the roar from the crowd as Hidalgo gave it a Tiger fist pump! 

That putt meant that Hidalgo made the turn in level par. At the time of writing, fellow Spaniard Adrian Otaegui had a three-stroke lead. 

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