You can make a case for Bernhard Langer being in the conversation when naming the 10 best players of all time, especially considering his 23 wins since joining the Champions Tour in 2007.
But a 10 was exactly what Langer was trying to avoid on the seventh hole during the first round of the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai.
Langer got tangled up in the lava rock and weeds adjacent to the green and just couldn’t get out. When he finally did escape the junk he managed to hit the ball twice, ala T.C. Chen at the 1985 U.S. Open. Here’s the whole sequence, which will be uncomfortably familiar to most of us amateurs:
The broadcast crew initially had Langer down for a 9, but it ended up being a 10 on his official scorecard. As analyst Lanny Wadkins points out, “It’s not like anybody goes and practices off lava.”
Langer still managed to shoot an even-par 72.