Monday Scramble: McIlroy fit; Lowry scrambles to win

By Ryan LavnerAugust 10, 2015, 4:00 pm

Shane Lowry makes a few great escapes, Rory McIlroy returns to action, Jim Furyk coughs up another 54-hole lead and the best players in the world are reminded that "THIS IS MAJOR" in this week's cheesy edition of the Monday Scramble: 

Even before he posted workout videos and spoke in emoji, before he played two practice rounds at Whistling Straits and declared his injured left ankle a “non-issue,” there were many smart people who thought Rory McIlroy would be making a mistake by trying to return for the PGA Championship.

They said he’d be rushing back, that he wouldn’t be 100 percent, that he’d be a victim of his own hubris. They said that it’d be too much too soon, that there would be more risk than reward, that he’d overcompensate and develop bad habits. 

"Save your season, Rory!" they cried. "No, no … save your career!"

Is he making a mistake? Maybe, but right now he deserves the benefit of the doubt. Only he knows how he's feeling, how much discomfort he can handle.

He’s probably not at full strength, and he’ll likely be sore by Sunday night after walking 25-plus miles at one of the hilliest major venues, but if he and his team believe he’s healthy enough to give it a go at the year’s final major, then why not try?

If there was a high probability of re-injury – the most likely scenario is a shot from a downhill lie, with all of the weight on his front foot – then he’d take this week off. His trainer is Steve McGregor, who has worked previously for the Manchester City soccer club and also the New York Knicks. Think this is the first severely sprained ankle he has seen? 

The expectation here is that McIlroy will be fine physically, but that he’ll struggle to score at the PGA – it’ll be 53 days between competitive shots. 

A little rust is easier to fix than a bum ankle.

1. Shane Lowry had not one but two potential candidates Sunday for Shot of the Year – and both came on the back nine, when the pressure was at its most intense.

First came a power wedge shot on 10, after a wild hook off the tee trapped him deep in the woods. He caught a break, receiving a free drop on an upslope because of the 11th tee signage, and he lashed out of the thick rough, his ball soaring over the trees and nestling within 2 feet of the cup.

After the scramblin' man made clutch par saves on Nos. 14 and 17, he went upstairs again for his second shot on 18, when he was clinging to a one-shot lead, when a ricochet off the trees could have led to a big number. His ball somehow sneaked through the branches and came to rest 10 feet away. 

“I couldn’t believe I was seeing the ball coming down from there, coming down on the green,” he said.

Lowry buried the birdie putt to cap a flawless 66 and become the first non-Tour member to win a WGC event since Martin Kaymer in 2011. 

2. One of the best measures of a player’s popularity is the reaction when he wins. Tweets from Lowry's fellow pros poured in after he captured the Bridgestone on Sunday, but the celebration from those at his home club (Esker Hills in Ireland) was even better: 

3. Lowry has just one win since 2012, and a spotty record recently if not for top-10s at the BMW PGA and U.S. Open, but he’s already rocketed up to No. 19 in the world – just one spot behind Patrick Reed, who has four wins in the past 24 months, and ahead of Phoenix Open winner Brooks Koepka, two-time major champion Martin Kaymer and FedEx Cup champ Billy Horschel. Surprising.

4. Jim Furyk had a four-shot lead at the halfway point of the Bridgestone Invitational. It was not an unfamiliar position for the 17-time Tour winner, of course, but over the past few years, whenever he had a lead, he faced an uncomfortable line of questioning:

So ... are you going to close out THIS one?

Granted, the narrative has shifted somewhat thanks to his come-from-behind victory in Hilton Head, his first title since 2010. Furyk even said last week that it was “a refreshing conversation to sit here and talk.”

Two days later, though, he added to what is one of the more amazing stats in golf: He is now 0-for-his-last-10 when holding at least a share of the 54-hole lead. 

To hear Furyk afterward, he was surprised to even have a chance to win.

“If we go back to a lot of the interviews I was doing Thursday and Friday, I was saying I was missing too many fairways, made too many poor swings. I really never did figure it out,” he said. “I was covering up with putts early in the week. And under the gun, it got a little worse on the weekend. We’ve got some work to do.” 

Not all losses are created equal – Lowry closed with a bogey-free 66 – but it's clear Furyk still hasn’t vanquished all of his final-round demons. 

5. It’s worth noting that Furyk’s counterpart on Sunday, Justin Rose, hasn’t fared much better as a frontrunner. His closing 72 (and eventual T-3 finish) dropped his career mark to 3-for-11 when sharing the third-round lead on Tour. 

6. Does the Bridgestone help predict major success?

  • The last three years, the PGA winner finished in the top-5 the week prior at Firestone. 
  • Going back even further, over the last nine editions, the eventual PGA champ hasn’t finished worse than 22nd at the final WGC event of the season. 

So, if history holds, that would rule out (among others): Sergio Garcia, Zach Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama, Adam Scott, Phil Mickelson, Louis Oosthuizen, Kaymer, Dustin Johnson and Jimmy Walker. Yikes. 

7. Here are one man’s favorites for the PGA Championship:

  1. Bubba Watson: His smash-mouth game and the Straits' big ballpark are a perfect fit, as evidenced by his 2010 playoff loss. His major record this year is a concern, but back-to-back runners-up should give him a little extra fire this week. 
  2. Jason Day: In great form and brimming with confidence. The difference now is that, after his macho finish in Canada, he knows he can get the job done down the stretch.
  3. Rickie Fowler: Ditto for this stud, who could stamp a breakout year with a breakthrough major.  
  4. Henrik Stenson: Under the radar, per usual, but he’s coming off a T-6 at Firestone and he’s a proven late-season performer, finishing in the top six in four of the past five PGAs he’s played.
  5. D. Johnson: Would have listed him No. 1 before his lackluster weekend (75-76) at the Bridgestone, a continuation of his troubling finish at the Open (75-75). If he were to win, it’d be a redemption story for the ages. 

8. Bubba led the field in driving distance at Firestone, averaging (gulp) 331.3 yards per pop, the highest total since the PGA Tour began keeping the statistic in 2003.

Keep blaming those belly putters, though. 

9. Jordan Spieth prefers to play the week before a major.

Why? “I can kind of find out the tendencies, good and bad, that are in my game at the time when the pressure is on,” he said.

Clearly, it works for him.

Here is how he has fared in his 2015 major tuneups:

  • Shell Houston Open: T-2 (lost in playoff); Masters: 1st 
  • Memorial: T-3; U.S. Open: 1st
  • John Deere Classic: 1st; Open Championship: T-4 
  • WGC-Bridgestone Invitational: T-10; PGA: ?

10. Some perspective: When the PGA was last held at Whistling Straits, in 2010, Spieth was a rising high-school senior who didn’t even reach match play at the Western Amateur.

11. Spieth toured the Straits for the first time before heading to Firestone, and said that the successful players this week will have to be “very special” from tee to green. If he wants to become the first player to win all three American majors in the same year, he’ll definitely have to be sharper than he was in Akron.

He hit only 52 percent of the greens at Firestone (38 of 72), a product of a driver that was uncharacteristically wild. Spieth was much better Sunday, finding 10 fairways (four more than any other round), and not surprisingly so was his score: 66, which was good enough for a backdoor top-10. 

Driving will be a major point of emphasis when he arrives at the PGA, because medium-length hitters need to be in the short grass to have any chance to attack. 

12. Dustin Johnson won’t have a chance to ground his club again down the right side of the 18th hole at Whistling Straits – that area has been covered by a spectator grandstand. 

Trying to explain what happened on the 72nd hole back in 2010, DJ said that he thought his ball had come to rest on a trampled piece of dirt and that it never crossed his mind that he was in a bunker.

“Maybe I should have looked at the rule sheet a little harder,” he admitted afterward.

Hey, DJ: You’re in luck! 

The notice to competitors was sent out on social media Sunday, so that (hopefully) there are no misunderstandings this time. 

Interestingly, only four words of the letter have been amended from 2010 (in bold):  

All areas of the course that were designed and built as bunkers, filled with sand, will be played as bunkers (hazards), whether or not they have been raked. This will mean that many bunkers positioned outside of the ropes, as well as some areas of bunkers inside the ropes, close to the rope line, will likely include numerous footprints, heel prints, trash and tire tracks during the play of the Championship. Such irregularities of surface are a part of the game and no free relief will be available from these conditions. All bunkers inside the ropes will be raked each morning prior to play as normal. 

13. When it comes to Tiger Woods, what’s the major number?

Assuming he doesn’t snap a seven-year drought in the majors or finish second at Whistling Straits, he’ll be outside the cut line for the FedEx Cup Playoffs. He said that he’ll decide whether to play the Wyndham based on how he plays at the PGA, but he’ll have to get an early sense of how he is going to finish – that decision has to come no later than 30 minutes after he finishes his second round. 

Woods is currently 185th in the standings, at 147 points. That leaves him 275 points behind the current bubble boy, Vijay Singh, who has 422. 

More points are available at majors, but to be safe, let’s say that Woods needs 325 points to crack the top 125. If he finishes 10th at the PGA – he doesn’t have a top-10 on Tour in two years, remember – then he would still need a top-2 finish at Wyndham. If he is fifth at Whistling Straits, a solo third in Greensboro might still leave him on the outside looking in.

The question: Would he really want to face a win-to-get-in scenario in Greensboro, knowing the potential embarrassment of coming up short against a weak field? Stay tuned Friday. 

14. File this under “because golf”: 

• Troy Merritt shot 138 on the weekend at the Quicken Loans National, including a third-round 61, and won his first tournament on the PGA Tour. 

Three days later, he shot his first Tour round in the 80s, the start of a 22-over 302 week, and he finished last among the 77 starters at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. 

• Eight days ago, Steven Bowditch shot 83 during the final round of the Quicken Loans – five strokes higher than the next-worst score that day. He made $13,000 and some change. 

Saturday at Firestone, he shot 63 to climb up the leaderboard, and he finished T-12 to match his third-best finish in 27 starts. He earned $126,000. 

Andres Romero doesn’t have a fighting chance to make the playoffs.

Battling to keep his card, Romero became so frustrated after back-to-back bogeys at the Barracuda Championship that he punched a sign and – wait for it – broke his hand. Could be tough to form an interlocking grip with a cast on his right paw.

Romero, No. 157 in the FedEx Cup standings, ended up withdrawing from the opposite-field event, but not before he putted a ball off the tee on the last four holes and took double bogey – the highest possible score in the modified Stableford format, and the proper punishment for such petulance.  

In a Facebook post, he apologized to the tournament, the fans and his sponsors for a “big mistake,” and said that his heart was “broken” after throwing away all of his hard work. 

A knockout blow, indeed.

This week's award winners ... 

You Had One Job: 18th-green announcer. Reading from a tee sheet as the players walked up 18, he somehow mangled the tournament winner’s name, calling him “Shawn” Lowry. 

Rest in Peace: Louise Suggs. One of the most influential LPGA players of all time, the Hall of Famer won 11 majors and served as the tour’s president three times. She was 91. 

Math wizard: Kyle Reifers. An eagle is worth five points in the modified Stableford format. So making three eagles in the last six holes is very, very good. Reifers’ record-breaking 22-point total in Reno helped get him into a playoff, where he lost to good-guy journeyman J.J. Henry (who, of course, eagled 18 to win).

Mr. Consistency: Jordan Spieth. Only five of his last 51 rounds have been over par. That streak began March 8. Absurd.

Future Olympian: Matt Kuchar. Oh, he probably won’t end up making the U.S. Olympic golf team, but he’s worth a tryout for the USA Table Tennis squad, no?:

Maybe NOT a Future Olympian: Adam Scott. After the PGA Tour trotted out Henrik Stenson, Byeong-Hun An and Kuchar as the faces of their one-year-to-go countdown, Scott once again made clear that he has little interest in all things Olympics, calling the event a “fun exhibition.” Scott added that “it’s absolutely a possibility” that he will skip the event, because it is not a “priority.” It’ll be interesting to see if Scott changes his tune, or if many other elite players follow suit and let someone else get a crack at a gold medal.

Clean, Old Fashioned Hate: Kisner vs. Hadley (with Harman and Peterson cameos!). In the interest of full disclosure, I’m a proud UGA alum, but this innocuous tweet by Hadley, a former Tech standout, touched off quite a bit of Twitter fun. Dawgs on Top. 

A couple of theories: Because it's hard to win; because the pursuers have less pressure and can take more chances; and because Tiger Woods spoiled us, because he tricked us into believing that anyone with a 54-hole lead should go on to win. It's just not that simple. If nothing else, the dismal closing records of some of the game's best players should help us appreciate Woods more, because he was so proficient in that position (53 of 57, including 42-2 when holding the outright lead). 

The biggest story would be Spieth, because he'd become the first player to capture all three U.S. majors in the same season, and he'd join Hogan and Woods as the only guys with three majors in a year. Then Rory. (An aside: I heard somewhere that a Rory win would rank right up there with Tiger at Torrey in '08. I thought the talking head was kidding, that there was no way he would say something so ludicrous. Sadly, he was not.) Then DJ. Johnson's story is the most likely, especially if he can turn around his recent weekend woes. As I wrote up top, however, I think we'll see a winner with the surname Watson, Fowler, Day or Stenson.

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Teenager Im wins season opener

By Will GrayJanuary 16, 2018, 10:23 pm

South Korea's Sungjae Im cruised to a four-shot victory at The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic, becoming just the second teenager to win an event on the Tour.

Im started the final day of the season-opening event in a share of the lead but still with six holes left in his third round. He was one shot behind Carlos Ortiz when the final round began, but moved ahead of the former Player of the Year thanks to a 7-under 65 in rainy and windy conditions. Im's 13-under total left him four clear of Ortiz and five shots ahead of a quartet of players in third.

Still more than two months shy of his 20th birthday, Im joins Jason Day as the only two teens to win on the developmental circuit. Day was 19 years, 7 months and 26 days old when he captured the 2007 Legend Financial Group Classic.

Recent PGA Tour winners Si Woo Kim and Patrick Cantlay and former NCAA champ Aaron Wise all won their first Tour event at age 20.

Other notable finishes in the event included Max Homa (T-7), Erik Compton (T-13), Curtis Luck (T-13) and Lee McCoy (T-13). The Tour will remain in the Bahamas for another week, with opening round of The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic set to begin Sunday.

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Mickelson grouped with Z. Johnson at CareerBuilder

By Will GrayJanuary 16, 2018, 8:28 pm

He's not the highest-ranked player in this week's field, but Phil Mickelson will likely draw the biggest crowd at the CareerBuilder Challenge as he makes his first start of 2018. Here are a few early-round, marquee groupings to watch as players battle the three-course rotation in the Californian desert (all times ET):

12:10 p.m. Thursday, 11:40 a.m. Friday, 1:20 p.m. Saturday: Phil Mickelson, Zach Johnson

Mickelson is making his fourth straight trip to Palm Springs, having cracked the top 25 each of the last three times. In addition to their respective amateur partners, he'll play the first three rounds alongside a fellow Masters champ in Johnson, who tied for 14th last week in Hawaii and finished third in this event in 2014.

11:40 a.m. Thursday, 1:20 p.m. Friday, 12:50 p.m. Saturday: Jon Rahm, Bubba Watson

At No. 3 in the world, Rahm is the highest-ranked player teeing it up this week and the Spaniard returns to an event where he finished T-34 last year in his tournament debut. He'll play the first two rounds alongside Watson, who is looking to bounce back from a difficult 2016-17 season and failed to crack the top 50 in two starts in the fall.

11:40 a.m. Thursday, 1:20 p.m. Friday, 12:50 p.m. Saturday: Patrick Reed, Brandt Snedeker

Reed made the first big splash of his career at this event in 2014, shooting three straight rounds of 63 en route to his maiden victory. He'll be joined by Snedeker, whose bid for a Masters bid via the top 50 of the world rankings came up short last month and who hasn't played this event since a missed cut in 2015.

1:10 p.m. Thursday, 12:40 p.m. Friday, 12:10 p.m. Saturday: Patton Kizzire, Bill Haas

Kizzire heads east after a whirlwind Sunday ended with his second win of the season in a six-hole playoff over James Hahn in Honolulu. He'll play alongside Haas, who won this event in both 2010 and 2015 to go with a runner-up finish in 2011 and remains the tournament's all-time leading money winner.

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Mackay still a caddie at heart, even with a microphone

By Doug FergusonJanuary 16, 2018, 7:34 pm

HONOLULU – All it took was one week back on the bag to remind Jim ''Bones'' Mackay what he always loved about being a caddie.

It just wasn't enough for this to be the ultimate mic drop.

Mackay traded in his TV microphone at the Sony Open for the 40-pound bag belonging to Justin Thomas.

It was his first time caddying since he split with Phil Mickelson six months ago. Mackay was only a temporary replacement at Waialae for Jimmy Johnson, a good friend and Thomas' regular caddie who has a nasty case of plantar fasciitis that will keep him in a walking boot for the next month.

''The toughest thing about not caddying is missing the competition, not having a dog in the fight,'' Mackay said before the final round. ''There's nothing more rewarding as a caddie, in general terms, when you say, 'I don't like 6-iron, I like 7,' and being right. I miss that part of it.''

The reward now?

''Not stumbling over my words,'' he said. ''And being better than I was the previous week.''

He has done remarkably well since he started his new job at the British Open last summer, except for that time he momentarily forgot his role. Parts of that famous caddie adage – ''Show up, keep up, shut up'' – apparently can apply to golf analysts on the ground.

During the early hours of the telecast, before Johnny Miller came on, Justin Leonard was in the booth.

''It's my job to report on what I see. It's not my job to ask questions,'' Mackay said. ''I forgot that for a minute.''

Leonard was part of a booth discussion on how a comfortable pairing can help players trying to win a major. That prompted Mackay to ask Leonard if he found it helpful at the 1997 British Open when he was trying to win his first major and was paired with Fred Couples in the final round at Royal Troon.

''What I didn't know is we were going to commercial in six seconds,'' Mackay said. ''I would have no way of knowing that, but I completely hung Justin out to dry. He's now got four seconds to answer my long-winded question.''

During the commercial break, the next voice Mackay heard belonged to Tommy Roy, the executive golf producer at NBC.

''Bones, don't ever do that again.''

It was Roy who recognized the value experienced caddies could bring to a telecast. That's why he invited Mackay and John Wood, the caddie for Matt Kuchar, into the control room at the 2015 Houston Open so they could see how it all worked and how uncomfortable it can be to hear directions coming through an earpiece.

Both worked as on-course reporters at Sea Island that fall.

And when Mickelson and Mackay parted ways after 25 years, Roy scooped up the longtime caddie for TV.

It's common for players to move into broadcasting. Far more unusual is for a caddie to be part of the mix. Mackay loves his new job. Mostly, he loves how it has helped elevate his profession after so many years of caddies being looked upon more unfavorably than they are now.

''I want to be a caddie that's doing TV,'' he said. ''That's what I hope to come across as. The guys think this is good for caddies. And if it's good for caddies, that makes me happy. Because I'm a caddie. I'll always be a caddie.''

Not next week at Torrey Pines, where Mickelson won three times. Not a week later in Phoenix, where Mackay lives. Both events belong to CBS.

And not the Masters.

He hasn't missed Augusta since 1994, when Mickelson broke his leg skiing that winter.

''That killed me,'' he said, ''but not nearly as much as it's going to kill me this year. I'll wake up on Thursday of the Masters and I'll be really grumpy. I'll probably avoid television at all costs until the 10th tee Sunday. And I'll watch. But it will be, within reason, the hardest day of my life.''

There are too many memories, dating to when he was in the gallery right of the 11th green in 1987 when Larry Mize chipped in to beat Greg Norman. He caddied for Mize for two years, and then Scott Simpson in 1992, and Mickelson the rest of the way. He was on the bag for Lefty's three green jackets.

Mackay still doesn't talk much about what led them to part ways, except to say that a player-caddie relationship runs its course.

''If you lose that positive dynamic, there's no point in continuing,'' he said. ''It can be gone in six months or a year or five years. In our case, it took 25 years.''

He says a dozen or so players called when they split up, and the phone call most intriguing was from Roy at NBC.

''I thought I'd caddie until I dropped,'' Mackay said.

He never imagined getting yardages and lining up putts for anyone except the golfer whose bag he was carrying. Now it's for an audience that measures in the millions. Mackay doesn't look at it as a second career. And he won't rule out caddying again.

''It will always be tempting,'' he said. ''I'll always consider myself a caddie. Right now, I'm very lucky and grateful to have the job I do.''

Except for that first week in April.

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The Social: The end was nigh, then it wasn't

By Jason CrookJanuary 16, 2018, 7:00 pm

The star power at the Sony Open may have been overshadowed by a missile scare, but there were plenty of other social media stories that kept the golf world on its toes this week, including some insight on Tiger Woods from a round with President Obama and some failed trick shots.

All that and more in this week's edition of The Social.

By now you've undoubtedly heard about the false alarm in Hawaii on Saturday, where just about everyone, including most Sony Open participants, woke up to an emergency cell phone alert that there was a ballistic missile heading toward the islands.

Hawaiian emergency management officials eventually admitted the original message was mistakenly sent out, but before they did, people (understandably) freaked out.

As the situation unfolded, some Tour pros took to social media to express their confusion and to let the Twittersphere know how they planned on riding out this threat:

While I would've been in that bathtub under the mattress with John Peterson, his wife, baby and in-laws (wait, how big is this tub?), here's how Justin Thomas reacted to the threat of impending doom:

Yeah, you heard that right.

“I was like ‘there’s nothing I can do,'” Thomas said. ”I sat on my couch and opened up the sliding door and watched TV and listened to music. I was like, if it’s my time, it’s my time.”

Hmmm ... can we just go ahead and award him all the 2018 majors right now? Because if Thomas is staring down death in mid-January, you gotta like the kid's chances on the back nine Sunday at Augusta and beyond.

Before the Hawaiian Missile Crisis of 2018, things were going about as well as they could at Waialae Country Club, starting with the Wednesday pro-am.

Jordan Spieth might have been the third-biggest star in his own group, after getting paired with superstar singer/songwriter/actor Nick Jonas and model/actress Kelly Rohrbach.

You'd be hard-pressed to find a more photogenic group out on the course, and the "Baywatch" star has a gorgeous swing as well, which makes sense, considering she was a former collegiate golfer at Georgetown.

As impressive as that group was, they were somehow outshined by an amateur in another group, former NFL coach June Jones.

Jones, who now coaches the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats, played his round in bare feet and putted with his 5-iron, a remedy he came up with to battle the yips.

Former NFL and current CFL coach June Jones: A master of 5-iron putting?

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Considering he made back-to-back birdies at one point during the day, it's safe to say he's won that battle.

With Tiger Woods' return to the PGA Tour about a week away, that sound you hear is the hype train motoring full speed down the tracks.

First, his ex-girlfriend Lindsey Vonn told Sports Illustrated that she hopes this comeback works out for him.

“I loved him and we’re still friends. Sometimes, I wish he would have listened to me a little more, but he’s very stubborn and he likes to go his own way," the Olympic skiier said. "I hope this latest comeback sticks. I hope he goes back to winning tournaments.”

Vonn also mentioned she thinks Woods is very stubborn and that he didn't listen to her enough. That really shouldn't shock anyone who watched him win the 2008 U.S. Open on one leg. Don't think there were a lot of people in his ear telling him that was a great idea at the time.

We also have this report from Golf Channel Insider Tim Rosaforte, stating that the 14-time major champ recently played a round with former president Barack Obama at The Floridian in Palm City, Fla., where he received rave reviews from instructor Claude Harmon.

The Farmers Insurance Open is sure to be must-see TV, but until then, I'm here for all of the rampant speculation and guesses as to how things will go. The more takes the better. Make them extra spicy, please and thanks.

These poor New Orleans Saints fans. Guess the only thing you can do is throw your 65-inch TV off the balcony and get 'em next year.

Here's two more just for good measure.

Farts ... will they ever not be funny?

Perhaps someday, but that day was not early last week, when Tommy Fleetwood let one rip on his European teammates during EurAsia Cup team photos.

Fleetwood went 3-0-0 in the event, helping Europe to a victory over Asia, perhaps by distracting his opponents with the aid of his secret weapon.

Also, how about the diabolical question, "Did you get that?"

Yeah Tommy, we all got that.

Ahhh ... golf trick shot videos. You were fun while you lasted.

But now we’ve officially come to the point in their existence where an unsuccessful attempt is much more entertaining than a properly executed shot, and right on cue, a couple of pros delivered some epic fails.

We start with Sony Open runner-up James Hahn’s preparation for the event, where for some reason he thought he needed to practice a running, jumping, Happy Gilmore-esque shot from the lip of a bunker. It didn’t exactly work out.

Not to be outdone, Ladies European Tour pro Carly Booth attempted the juggling-drive-it-out-of-midair shot made famous by the Bryan Bros, and from the looks of things she might have caught it a little close to the hosel.

PSA to trick-shot artists everywhere: For the sake of the viewing public, if you feel a miss coming on, please make sure the camera is rolling.

Seriously, though, who cares? Definitely not these guys and gals, who took the time to comment, "who cares?" They definitely do not care.