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17 at TPC Sawgrass kicked my ass just like expected

Written by: Tony Korologos | Date: Friday, January 30th, 2009
Categories: Golf CoursesTravel

Man what a great day today. First I was enjoying some of the best golf company you could want. I was playing with my good friend Eddie Peck, who’s course Black Mesa is probably the best course I’ve ever played. Eddie’s head pro Tom Velarde and his assistant Heath Wade rounded out our foursome.

It had been raining all night and rained the whole 2.5 hours it took us to get to Ponte Vedra Beach. When we got there the rain stopped but it was bone-chillingly cold. This is from a guy who wears shorts playing golf in shorts in Utah’s snow.

I’m short on time so I’m shortening this a bit. I struggled on the front because I was cold, tired (3 hours sleep), and very jacked up to play the TPC. I shot a high number for me on the front and missed EVERY fairway as my driver was apparently still in the mountain time zone.

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Above: I’m on the 10th tee at TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course

On the back I made some adjustments and the temps crept up to where I could get my back loose. I started hitting some good drives and also some good approaches. I birdied #14 for the highlight hole.

I missed a dumb little three foot par put on #16, where Davis Love III hit the incredible shot off the pine straw en route to winning The Players Championship.

17 & 18

On the famous 17th, I suddenly felt like I’d just chugged a bunch of ipecac. My gag reflex forced me to yank one left of the island green. Water. Then right of the island green. Water… I dumped three balls into the lake and almost went over the green with my 4th. Nice little nine on that hole.

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Above: I gag a shot with my chicken wing on the 17th

I got it together and hit a great tee shot on 18, which has a very intimidating look with all that water left. I then proceeded to yank my approach into the water and carded a double.

Though I limped home I was very happy to be able to cross TPC Sawgrass of my list of must play courses. I’ll post a review soon.

TPC Sawgrass Photos

Naturally I have a bunch of pictures of the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course in my gallery. I shot 108 pictures today.

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