Whenever you and your friends go to tee off for a round, there are many dangers that come into play on a golf course.
Sure, there are bunkers, trees, and thick rocks, but the water hazards are some of the most pesky and inconvenient.
Look no further than Rickie Fowler in Round 3 of the 2022 FedEx St. Jude Championship. Needing a strong finish to qualify for next week’s BMW Championship, he put two consecutive shots in the water on the 18th at TPC Southwind.
If you take a look at the four golf courses that have gobbled up the most golf balls on the PGA Tour since 2003, one of those courses includes a famous island green. It’s probably no surprise.
The others may not be what you expect, but the number of times PGA Tour pros hit golf balls in the water can be shocking.
Check out these courses below:
The PGA National Resort’s Champion Course hosts the Honda Classic, and 4,730 golf balls have hit the water here over the past 20 years. Considering this is a course in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, the water damage to golfers should come as no surprise.
Jack’s venue, Muirfield Villace Golf Club, hosts the Memorial Tournament every year, and it has also hosted a Presidents Cup and two Tour events in consecutive weeks during the 2020 season. 4,753 golf balls were found the water here on its delicate course.
The Players Championship site in Ponta Vedra Beach, Florida should come as no surprise, given the island’s famous 17th hole green, but there are plenty of other waters lurking on Pete Dye’s famed layout. 4,809 golf balls have hit the water in the past two decades.
Surprise! The site of the first event of the 2022 FedEx Cup playoffs, TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee, sees more golf balls hit in the water than any other stop on the PGA Tour. Water lurks in many places, including to the left of the 18th fairway, and it could prove key to crowning a FedEx St. Jude Championship champion.