U.S. Open 2019: Ian Poulter double-whiffs chip, makes quad to dash Pebble Beach hopes

June 14, 2019

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Ian Poulter’s U.S. Open chances took a sudden dive midway through Friday’s round at Pebble Beach. The 43-year-old Englishman was hovering near the cut line at two over par when he arrived at No. 3, the dogleg-left par-4. Then things went terribly wrong.

Poulter’s second shot caught the top lip of the front bunker, but instead of falling back in, it stuck in the long grass. That created a particularly awkward stance. And that led to some bad results.

Check out the video below — here’s what you’ll see:

First, you’ll see Ian Poulter whiff a chip, stubbing the ground behind the ball, barely moving it at all. Next, you’ll see Poulter whiff it again, not whiff in the literal sense of missing it completely, but in the sense that he made a proper full swing and the ball went nowhere.

His next effort went through the green to the other side, from which point he chipped past the hole again, leaving a 10-footer for triple bogey. He missed that, tapped in for quadruple-bogey 8 and moved on to No. 4, now at six over.

Better news: he birdied the next hole.

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