Because of the elevation at Club de Golf Chapultepec, many of the holes on the home course of the WGC-Mexico Championship play much shorter than what they are slated at. As a result, tee shots are sailing even further than expected through the thin air.
Enter the 406-yard par-4 12th hole, where things got pretty wild during Saturday’s third round. It was the perfect example of where a par-4 can play more like a par-3.
Kevin Kisner was on the 12th green with a putt for par to come. As he took his five-shot putt and sunk it, Patrick Cantlay’s tee shot came rolling onto the green. It nearly collided with Kisner’s ball and almost landed in the cup as well for a hole-in-one. Watch how it all went down:
We nearly had an incoming par 4 hole-in-one.
Close call. 😳 pic.twitter.com/rsArW29x4l
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 23, 2019
Kisner and Cantlay, who were not even in the same group, came within inches of both sinking shots at the 12th hole. Cantlay’s shot landed three feet away from the hole, and he would sink an eagle-putt to close out the hole. In fact, Cantlay couldn’t even see the green when he drove the ball.
And Kisner was clearly caught off-guard as well. You can’t make this stuff up; this doesn’t happen everyday on the PGA Tour.
Cantlay’s tee shot was just one of many positives in a 6-under 65 third round performance on Saturday. Along with his eagle on the 12th hole, Cantlay drained five birdies on the day to move to 9-under for the tournament. Despite being tied for third entering Sunday’s final round, Cantlay is seven shots back of the leader after 54 holes at 16-under, Dustin Johnson.
Meanwhile, Kisner sits at 3-under and 13 shots back entering Sunday’s action. His 1-under 70 third round consisted of three birdies and two bogeys.