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Rhys Davies hits the craziest golf shot of the season … and fails miserably

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File this under the category of golf shots you should never try. During Thursday’s first round, Golf Channel’s cameras caught Welshman Rhys Davies trying a shot that would put most amateurs in the hospital.

With his ball nestled to the right side of a tree, Davies tried hit his golf ball, miss the tree and clear the water. He would have had a better chance closing his eyes and doing this shot. “He’s going for this,” on-course commentator Julian Tutt said. “He’s really going to try and clear the water here.”

Sensing a “dumb golf videos” moment, I decided to capture Davies’ soon-to-be mistake in all its glory. Almost on cue, Davies followed through, caught the trunk of the tree, and bent his club into a mangled mess. Luckily, he let go of his club on impact, in an effort to risk further injury.

Golf Channel showed a brilliant slo-mo replay that allowed viewers at home to watch in horror as the club wrapped around the tree. “That was a beyond risky,” Dennis Hutchinson said. “I don’t know how he thought he could get that over the water with the wind coming into him and 160 yards to carry that water. That was rather ambitious.”

Ambitious? That’s the understatement of the century.


Written by Jonathan Wall

02/10/2011 at 5:16 pm

Posted in European Tour

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