PGA Tour Pro Cards Septuple Bogey 12 At Arnold Palmer Invitational

Jake Knapp had a moment to forget at the par 5 sixth, with the American finding the water twice and losing another tee shot during his third round at Bay Hill

Jake Knapp strikes an iron shot from the fairway
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Jake Knapp is known as one of the longest and best drivers on the PGA Tour, with the American making quite the impact in his rookie season as he picked up the Mexico Open in February.

That victory guaranteed him starts in all of the PGA Tour's Signature Events and, at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Knapp was steadily going along during his third round at the iconic Bay Hill.

However, after parring his first five holes, the 29-year-old came to the par 5 sixth, one of the most recognizable on the layout. Striking his tee shot, this was the moment that Knapp's round began to unwind, as he found the water not once, but twice...

Those two water balls were just the start for the American, as his next tee shot, his fifth, couldn't be found and, after striking a 240-yard seventh to get in play, it would take him a further five strokes to get it in the hole for a septuple bogey 12!

The 12 comes just 24 hours after Tommy Fleetwood's nightmare at the par 5, with the Englishman carding a quintuple bogey 10 after hitting three balls into the water. What perhaps stung more, was that Fleetwood had found dry land with his tee shot as three approach shots finished in the lake. He would go on to miss the cut.

Following the 12, Knapp would bogey the seventh and eighth for a front nine of 45, which translated to nine-over-par. What's worse, is that Knapp eagled the sixth on Friday, that translates to a nine shot difference over the two days...

Jake Knapp strikes a tee shot with a fairway wood

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Although he won't care too much, it isn't the highest score recorded on the par 5 sixth. Back at the 1998 Arnold Palmer Invitational, John Daly shot 85 which included an extraordinary 18 on the sixth. 

Following the round, a reporter shared that Daly had stated that "the pressure was really on" because he "had one new golf ball left" following the capitulation. 

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x