Monday, May 16, 2011

Charley Hoffman loses a truckload of cash on the 17th hole

Charley Hoffman will probably look back on his week at the Players Championship and just shake his head, after he recorded two of the more interesting moments of this year's tournament.

Three days after he snapped his putter in two on the 18th hole, Hoffman had another unforgettable moment on one of the TPC at Sawgrass' more notable holes: the famed 17th.

Needing to finish birdie-birdie to get into the clubhouse at 12-under and wait for the rest of the field, Hoffman decided to go after the Sunday pin that was tucked in the back right corner on 17. With no room for error, Hoffman watched as his tee-shot found the water.

His tournament chances were over. But at 10-under, he still had a chance to get on the green, make bogey and keep the damage to a minimum ... until he knocked his second ball in the water, carding a quadruple-bogey on the hole to finish in a tie for 26th place.

To say the two water balls were costly would be an understatement. It not only kept him from posting a top-5 finish, but a chance at a $418,000 pay day. Instead, Hoffman finished the week $67,450 in his pocket.

That's a difference of more than $350,000, which makes each of those water balls worth a lot of dinero. It just goes to show you that the 17th at Sawgrass can not only wreak havoc on a golfer's psyche, but his wallet as well.

Nikki Cox Carla Gugino Ana Hickmann Mischa Barton Jamie Lynn Sigler

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