WATCH: How would you play this IMPOSSIBLE Tiger Woods bunker shot?

Tiger Woods was faced with an impossible bunker shot at The Open Championship. Could he have played this any differently? 

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Sun, 24 Oct 2021

WATCH: How would you play this Tiger Woods bunker shot?

At The Open Championship, or basically any links golf course, you can be faced with some very difficult shots and situations.

Links golf provides a very different challenge to normal parkland golf courses. The undulating, solid fairways and fast and smooth greens can be very hard to negotiate.

Footage of Tiger Woods playing at The Open was posted on social media and it was a classic example of how links golf courses can punish you in cruel ways.

Woods' ball finished in a bunker but sat up against the lefthand wall of the trap. For a righthanded player like Tiger, this is an almost impossible shot.

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The 15-time major champion had to go down on his knees on the ground so that his clubhead could reach the ball. Not an ideal stance at all.

As he waggled his club and prepared himself for the shot, he extended his right leg to add as much stability to the shot as he could.

Woods played the shot and it was almost an amazingly played stroke. His ball clipped the top of the greenside bunker and rebounded to the right.

Fortunately, his ball stayed above ground and he managed to find the putting surface. Although the ball hit the lip of the trap, Woods would have been relieved with the outcome.

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The legendary golfer trudged away looking disappointed, but many of us would have been very pleased with the result of this shot. Tiger obviously has higher standards and that is why he has been so successful in his career. 

If Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson had to take on this shot, it would be much easier as lefthanded players. It was an amazing shot from an almost impossible position.

 

 

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