Wise ended up shooting 80 after actually doing well just to take 10 on the last, getting up-and-down from 70 yards to make sure that it was only the sextuple-bogey and no more.
Before that, Wise just had one of those moments every golfer will have experienced, although not many will have had them in the PGA Tour’s flagship event with the world watching.
Aaron Wise hit three consecutive drives into the water 😳pic.twitter.com/b0gRLG7ZOgMarch 9, 2023
Now, the 18th tee shot must be one of the hardest closing holes on the entire PGA Tour, with that vast expanse of water down the left of the dogleg-left hole – with those trees on the right always proving a popular spot.
There’s no real shame in finding the drink on 18 off the tee, and no real surprise when Wise took driver and hit a nice looking shot with a bit of draw, but just started it out too far left as it found a watery grave.
The ball never crossed onto land so Wise had to reload, but he failed to adjust his line far enough right and hit basically an instant replay of the first as it splashed down in an almost identical spot.
Inexplicably though, with no change in club and no change in approach, Wise did his best Kevin Costner impression by hitting his now fifth shot of the hole again to the almost exact same spot in the lake.
Aaron Wise made a sextuple-bogey 10 on the 18th at TPC Sawgrass today. The final numbers.• 3 balls in the water• Hit his 7th shot from the tee box• Resulted in -6 SG (!) off the tee• Second highest score ever on 18• Up and down from 70 yds for 10• Shot 80• 😬 pic.twitter.com/A9c1O1WK0zMarch 9, 2023
“Is every ball going to be the same?” Wise was heard asking himself out loud on the TV broadcast.
Thankfully it wasn’t as Wise managed to finally break out of his mental meltdown and aim right – way right – and spanked his seventh shot into the trees on the opposite side to the water.
From there it was a simple case of advancing it down the fairway for eight, hitting a sparkling approach from 70 yards and sinking the putt for a 10 – and a round of 80.
And there were more than a few references to that classic 1996 golfing film Tin Cup in the reaction - which there was plenty of – after Wise carded the second highest ever score on 18 at the Players Championship.
Aaron Wise on 18 pic.twitter.com/84apJrStjvMarch 9, 2023
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Paul Higham is a sports journalist with over 20 years of experience in covering most major sporting events for both Sky Sports and BBC Sport. He is currently freelance and covers the golf majors on the BBC Sport website. Highlights over the years include covering that epic Monday finish in the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor and watching Rory McIlroy produce one of the most dominant Major wins at the 2011 US Open at Congressional. He also writes betting previews and still feels strangely proud of backing Danny Willett when he won the Masters in 2016 - Willett also praised his putting stroke during a media event before the Open at Hoylake. Favourite interviews he's conducted have been with McIlroy, Paul McGinley, Thomas Bjorn, Rickie Fowler and the enigma that is Victor Dubuisson. A big fan of watching any golf from any tour, sadly he spends more time writing about golf than playing these days with two young children, and as a big fair weather golfer claims playing in shorts is worth at least five shots. Being from Liverpool he loves the likes of Hoylake, Birkdale and the stretch of tracks along England's Golf Coast, but would say his favourite courses played are Kingsbarns and Portrush.
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