PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Jimmy Walker has posted the round of the day at TPC Sawgrass, a closing 5-under 67 that was marred by a gust of wind at the penultimate hole that may be a sign of what awaits Sunday’s late finishers at The Players Championship.
From 124 yards in swirling winds, Walker hit a pitching wedge at the infamous 17th hole that ran over the green and into the water.
“I'm standing there and the wind was blowing right in my face, and as soon as I made contact, it switched and it carried,” said Walker, who was tied for 16th when he walked off the course at 6 under.
“I had (9-iron), and I went back to wedge because I wanted to hit wedge. I wanted the wedge shot. I was pretty sure it was a 9 but I wanted to hit the wedge, and I hit the wedge and the wind switched and two-hopped it in the drink.”
Seven of 43 attempts at the island green have gone in the water midway through Sunday’s closing round as the winds continued to build.