Golf has the capability to throw up a few surprises and bizarre moments. During the final round of the Honda Classic, Lee Hodges produced just that, with the American deciding to hit a putter out of a bunker as he played his second shot at the par 3 15th.
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The 15th hole at PGA National signifies the beginning of the 'Bear Trap', one of the PGA Tour's toughest three hole stretches on its calendar.
Many players have been undone by the incredibly difficult run of holes, with double and triple bogeys aplenty during the Honda Classic and, for Hodges, he was no different, with the 26-year-old making a double bogey after he was forced to hit the flat stick out of the greenside bunker!
Finding the sand to the left of the putting surface, he was left with a pretty much impossible shot as his ball came to rest on a downslope with hardly any green to work with. As a result, the American chose his Scotty Cameron putter, with the ball flying out the bunker almost too well as it rolled over the green and into the swamp on the other side.
The next shot was playable, with the 26-year-old doing well to actually advance it onto the green. However, following a missed bogey putt, he would record a double-bogey on the treacherous par 3.
Earlier in the day, five-time PGA Tour winner, Brian Gay, actually chipped in from on the green at the 15th!
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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
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