Harold Varner III Chunks Tee Shot 128 Yards Whilst Leading Genesis

The American chunked a 3 wood off the tee on the 10th at Riviera just 128 yards


The American was tied for the lead when he chunked a 3 wood off the tee on the 10th at Riviera just 128 yards

Harold Varner III Chunks Tee Shot 128 Yards Whilst Leading Genesis

Harold Varner III began the final round of the Genesis Invitational two behind the leaders but was tied at the top with just nine to play.

The American was out in one under par on a tough day at Riviera to reach 10 under by the time he was on the tee at the famous 10th hole.

The 10th is considered one of the best par-4s in the world due to its difficulty despite measuring just 304 yards.

It's a great hole because you can make an eagle or a birdie, or just as easily make a bogey or double.

It was the latter for Varner III who somehow managed to chunk his 3 wood off the tee just 128 yards.

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That left him with over 175 yards to the pin.

He pulled his approach left, pitched it long into the bunker and eventually walked off with a double-bogey six, which he compounded with a bogey at the par-5 11th before playing his final seven holes in one over to drop to T13th position.

TV didn't even show his tee shot to the anger of fans but there was a later replay that made its way on social media.

Watch the video below:

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"I don't know [if my foot slipped], I just know I missed it, I missed the ball," Varner said after his round.

"I couldn't tell you what exactly happened.

"I just know that I hit the dirt before the ball.

"I've actually done it before, which is funny enough.

"I did it in Korea, same exact thing, same exact wind."

The American said that the chunked shot left a difficult approach into the green.

"Yeah, I was screwed pretty much.

"Yeah, it's not like you can just hit the next one on the green and be like, all right, salvage it.

"Yeah, it's just funny, I'm looking at the hole right now as we're talking about it. It is what it is.

"There's nothing I can really do about it.

"I just wish I would have rebounded a little bit better."

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Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x