Ball floats in stream for FIVE minutes during WILD final round of PGA Tour event

A PGA Tour pro had a wild finish Sunday in Texas en route to his first win in nearly a decade. 

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Mon, 29 May 2023
Ball floats in stream for FIVE minutes during WILD final round of PGA Tour event

To call Emiliano Grillo's final few holes of the PGA Tour's Charles Schwab Challenge on Sunday a roller-coaster would be an understatement. 

The 30-year-old from Argentina entered the final round of this week's tournament four-strokes back of the leaders, Harry Hall and Adam Schenk, at 6-under par. 

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Grillo started the week in Fort Worth, Texas strongly by shooting rounds of 67 and 65. 

But things began to cool off in the third round at Colonial Country Club as he shot a 2-over 72 during the third round.

On Sunday, however, Grillo bounced back with a solid start, carding a 2-under 33 at the turn. 

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He grabbed two more birdies on the back nine and was the leader with two holes left to play. 

However, everything began to derail on the par-4 18th. 

Grillo hit his tee shot at the 435-yard hole well right. But that was only the beginning of his problems.

As it turned out, Grillo's ball ended up landing in a stream and it sailed for five minutes before finally coming to a stop. 

Grillo then took a penalty stroke and played the ball where it had entered, which still resulted in a lie along the cart path. 

He ultimately made a double-bogey six, losing what would've been an almost certain victory.

Instead, he went over to the practice area to wait and see if he'd be in a playoff as the last two groups finished their final rounds. 

And Grillo, whose only previous PGA Tour win came in 2015, could have understandably wanted to be left alone after such a tough break during a crucial moment. 

But instead, in an ultimate feel-good moment, he was seen letting some young fans hit shots with his clubs:

A few moments later, Grillo entered into a playoff with Schenk, who was searching for his maiden PGA Tour victory. 

However, the American will have to wait a little while longer because Grillo was able to secure his second win with an incredible shot that left less than six feet for birdie on the second playoff hole. 

Grillo was then able to tap in his putt and finally secure the victory. 

In addition to becoming a two-time PGA Tour winner, he also earned $1.566m.

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