The most nerve-wracking shot in golf is your next one, right? Well, only if your next one is one of these. Josh Sens dares to take a closer look at 10 of the scariest shots in the game.Second shot at the 458-yard, par-4 18th hole at Bay Hill -- Orlando, Fla.The green is kidney-shaped, but that's your stomach rumbling as you stare down a long approach over a rock-ringed lake, with bunkers awaiting if you bail out to the left and nothing but water if you miss right. At Arnie's course, the final shot would even rattle the King in his prime.
2 of 10Fred Vuich/SI
Tee shot at the 155-yard, par-3 12th at Augusta National Golf Club -- Augusta, Ga.Here, on the sharp edges of Amen Corner, where the wind is hard to figure and the tiny green is skewed at a tricky angle, a short iron over water sends terror into the hearts of even the game's top players. Asked if he ever feels comfortable on the tee, Tiger Woods said sure. "On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday."
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Tee shot at the 420-yard, par-4 1st at Machrihanish Golf Club -- Campbeltown, ScotlandOut of the blocks and over the ocean. That's what's required on the opening drive of this western Scottish links, which gets things going with a famously fetching but frightening cape hole, replete with a forced carry over the Irish Sea. Your body is still stiff from the long journey to get there, but standing on this tee will get the blood pumping.
4 of 10Bob Martin
Tee shot at the 180-yard, par-3 13th at Lost City Golf Club -- Sun City, South AfricaLeave your tee shot short, and you'll lose it in the water. Go after the ball, and you're apt to lose much more. The hazard here is as penal as they come, doubling as it does as a Nile crocodile pit.
5 of 10Kohjiro Kinno/SI
Second shot at the 427-yard, par-4 8th hole at Pebble Beach -- Pebble Beach, Calif.For one of the seabirds that patrols the coast here, crossing this ocean inlet would be no problem. But you're playing a Pinnacle and not a pelican. You'll need to hit it flush to clear the daunting chasm, with nothing but wave-battered rocks below.
6 of 10Courtesy TPC Sawgrass
Tee shot at the 137-yard, par-3 17th at TPC Sawgrass -- Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.You've seen the island green a gazillion times on TV and listened to the pros blather on and on about how it's the hardest pitching wedge they have to hit. Yada, yada. Then the day arrives when you finally get to play it, and you realize: everything they say about the hole is true.
7 of 10Larry Lambrecht
Tee shot at the 145-yard, par-3 10th at Pine Valley -- Pine Valley, N.J.Two words: "Devil's Asshole." OK, a few more words: it's the deep pot bunker that guards this tiny, treacherous target. Call it purgatory if you miss the green.
8 of 10John Biever/SI
Tee shot at the 376-yard, par-4 1st hole at The Old Course -- St. Andrews, ScotlandWho's afraid of a 120-yard fairway? Usually, no one. But this fairway is the first hole at the ancient home of golf, where you stand, hands quaking, with the weighty air of history hanging all around you, and lots of locals and tourists watching, to say nothing of the grizzled Scottish loopers, who stand arms crossed, sussing you out from the nearby caddyshack. Just make contact.
9 of 10Courtesy of Mauna Kea
Tee shot at the 272-yard, par-3 3rd hole at Mauna Kea -- Kohala Coast, HawaiiNot since Evil Knievel took on Idaho's Snake River Canyon in 1974 has anyone been asked to clear something like this: 272 yards of pure ocean carry to a green ringed by volcanic rock. Such a pity. What a pretty place to suffer cardiac arrest.
10 of 10Courstesy of Kiawah Island
Tee shot at the 221-yard, par-3 17th at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island -- Kiawah Island, S.C.What is it with Pete Dye and his penchant for punishing penultimate holes? First he gives us the island green at Sawgrass. And now this monster, which presents similar perils (lots of water) but is nearly twice as long, and far more likely to be whipped by ocean winds.
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