I've covered the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass eight or 10 times but I played the course for the first time today. Never mind what happened anywhere but at the notorious island green 17th.
On a clear, warm, still day the hole was playing 122 yards, an awkward yardage for me between a PW and a 9-iron. The pin was down in the front quadrant of the green. Rather than try to bull a PW, I decided to smooth a 9-iron. Naturally, I over-smoothed it, and the ball ker-plunked in the water inches short of making the green.
Bummed about my first encounter at the 17th, I re-teed and proceeded to hit a second shot that was right at the flag. It landed three feet past the pin and spun back to a foot. I very nearly had a Fred Couples "par." Instead, I tapped in for bogey. No complaints.