WATCH: PGA Tour Pro Gets Stumped By Huge Slice Of Bad Luck

Branden Grace "wood-n't" have seen this coming, as his ball somehow found the middle of a dead tree stump

Grace looks for his golf ball
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Right, that's the last of the tree puns! Let's focus on the golf and a peculiar incident at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans (opens in new tab) that involved Branden Grace and a three-foot dead tree stump.

Only eight months ago, TPC Louisiana (opens in new tab) felt the wrath of Hurricane Ida, a freak weather event that left the course completely unplayable. The green staff in New Orleans have done a fantastic job in getting the course back into the pristine condition we are used to seeing when this tournament comes around. 

On the par-4 13th though, it seems that a bit may have been missed, much to Grace's expense, as his ball found a rotten tree stump that was some 280-yards away from the tee.

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Partnered alongside his fellow countryman, Garrick Higgo (opens in new tab), the South African's had been vying for the lead around TPC Louisiana. Standing at six-under-par for the day as they reached the 13th, the duo were actually in a share for first.

Stripping his tee shot down the fairway, Grace (opens in new tab) went for the instant tee-grab, signalling a very good drive. However, like magic, his golf ball disappeared, with cameras eventually locating it in the centre of a dead tree stump.

Removing a dead piece of wood off the top, Grace took an unplayable lie, with CBS commentator Dottie Pepper humorously stating: "This is just plain old bad luck. You go to TopGolf, you might take dead aim on a little target like that. Light up the whole scoreboard."

What happened following the bad luck, you may ask? Well, Grace would go on to make a par! What's more, his partner, Higgo, would go one better, with a birdie, keeping both of them in contention. 

Following the birdie, more followed at the 14th and 16th, with the South African's eventually finishing five-shots back of the red-hot pair of Xander Schauffele (opens in new tab) and Patrick Cantlay going into the final day.

Matt Cradock
Matt Cradock

Matt studied Sports Journalism at Southampton Solent University, graduating in 2019. Now a freelance writer for Golf Monthly and the PGA, he covers all aspects of the game, from Tour news to equipment testing and buyers’ guides. Taking up the game at the age of six, Matt currently holds a handicap of 3 and despite not having a hole in one…yet, he has had two albatrosses. His favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.