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[size=78%]Speith's shot at Pebble Beach yesterday got me to thinking about dangerous course conditions and risks taken by well-intentioned golfers. I've stared at pictures from Old Head and wondered, "How close to the edge can you actually play?" I played a shot on 18 at Desert Highlands from the middle of the fairway with a coiled rattlesnake 10 or 12 feet away. Then there was the big gator behind me at Lakewood in New Orleans... fire ants near my bunker shot at Melreese near Miami. The closest shot to Speith's that I've ever hit has to be the one at #13 at Mahoghany Run (I don't think the course is there anymore... maybe BECAUSE of the Devil's Triangle... 13, 14 & 15. They all drop dramatically (100+ feet) to the rocks and water below. At MR, I pulled my approach to 13 green left and it was a few yards from the edge. Even though I was safe by 9 or 10 feet and even though I was hitting away from the precipice, I considered taking relief. So for purposes of discussion, does anybody want to comment on: 1. Speith's judgment. 2. The most dangerous shot they've ever hit. or 3. Generally and genuinely dangerous design aspects at courses they've played.?[/size]
That nails it right there VK...Seeing the side view in a picture this morning, this is insanity. First of all, he may have saved himself a half shot if Broadie were to ever crunch the numbers on a life threatening 9 iron versus a clean fairway lie 9 iron...add 1 for the unplayable and subtract 0.738 for the easier shot, or something like that.
Ha…they know where their feet are huh!?!He could have gotten hurt at WS…he would have died here.Sure, he had his feet under him AND he didn’t fall. What did he gain?
I've only ever played there in a US Am 20+ years ago. My tee shot ended up about 3 feet behind where his was. First cut, flat clean lie...lucky. 8 iron long left to the same spot he hit it...also got up and down. Missed the cut.I haven't seen any trophies given out on Saturday (other than Torrey last week) since 1964 USOpen...)
Congrats. I tried to qualify for that US Am and was politely, by letter no mind, asked by the USGA to never try again.
What about the guy who had to mow that area - the fairway extended pretty close to the edge, I believe. As for Jordan, I would not be surprised if there is a local rule next year prohibiting any shots from inside the penalty area, with a handy ball retriever close by! It was not windy Saturday, but a gust of wind could have killed him on national TV.