The U.S. Open greens at Winged Foot have been treacherous so far this year, and have already led to some embarrassing moments. … and one true meltdown which led to a golfer withdrawing on Saturday after he needed six putts to put the ball in from four feet out. (Seriously.)
The undulating greens have, at times, demanded golfers take unpredictable routes to the hole. (Zach Johnson did so to spectacular effect earlier in the tournament.)
All this is a long way of setting up what you’re about to see, which on first glance looks like a putt attempt by a golfer who has briefly lost his sense of direction and/or sense of sight.
This is Rory Sabbatini, on the green at Winged Foot, lining up completely away from the hole, hitting his putt … then having it stop dead even farther away than he was for the first putt.
The attempt failed so spectacularly that the announcer, etiquette be damned, burst into laughter. He apologized, but there was nothing to apologize for. This was objectively very funny.
I bet Rory Sabbatini wishes he could take this putt again #nothisbest @usopengolf @WingedFoot_GC @GolfChannel @ttfgolf @PGATOUR @SkySportsGolf @eamonlynch pic.twitter.com/zUm1cnY5K3
— Fraser Cromarty (@CromartyFraser) September 20, 2020