PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Kevin Stadler made a big splash at the par-4 18th, giving the raucous crowd surrounding the tee box something to cheer about.
Stadler pulled his tee shot left into the water, did the same thing with his next shot and then tossed his 3-wood so far into the murky lagoon that it wasn’t even retrievable.
“We went nuts,” said onlooker Jason Thomas of Jacksonville. “It was awesome.”
Stadler quickly dropped again and pushed his third shot right. He landed short of the green from there, chipped up and two-putted for a quintuple-bogey 9 that capped a 6-over 78. The frustrating finish left him at 1-over 217 heading into the final round – and needing a new 3-wood.
It gave everyone else around 18 something to remember.
“The club went farther than his ball did,” said J.P. Penn of Jacksonville. “His club throw, he played the wind good, had a little draw to it. I think he got at least seven good rotations on the club from what I saw.”