It was a case of Unlucky 13 for Charlie Wi at the par-5 fifth of the Transitions Championship yesterday, as the Korean, known for his Stack & Tilt swing, recorded an octuple-bogey.
Wi’s troubles began when his drive landed in the right-hand rough and came to rest next to a woodchip. He tried to progress the ball forward with a 6-iron but the chip caused the ball to shoot straight right off the clubface and into the trees.
From there, the 40-year-old attempted to thread his third through a five-foot V-shaped opening in the tree but his 5-iron hit the stump and ricocheted back into the driving range.
“That’s not getting up so give me 6-iron,” Wi told his caddie, only for the same result to occur seconds later.
“The range just stopped. Everyone was looking at me.”
By this point, Wi had dug such a divot he couldn’t attempt the same shot again, so he chipped out - only his ball landed behind a tree, forcing him to chip out sideways again.
Once he got out of the trees in ten, Wi hit onto the green and two-putted for 13.
“I should have just gone [Kevin] Na and beat him,” Wi joked afterwards, referring to the 16 that Na made during last year’s Valero Texas Open.
This was the second straight week a player made an unusually high number. In the final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship, Sergio Garcia made a 12 on the par-4 3rd.