Some of the golf on display at TPC Sawgrass this week in the Players Championship has been nothing short of absurd.
In the second round on Friday, 2012 US Open champion Webb Simpson tied the course record of 63 to charge up the leaderboard. Heading into today’s final round, he holds a seven shot lead.
He will be aware that the contingent chasing him are capable of pouncing if he flounders, particularly after the round today of a fellow US Open winner in Brooks Koepka.
The current Major holder started at a lowly -2, but four birdies on the front nine with no dropped shots gave the long-hitter some momentum heading into the home stretch.
A birdie at 14 saw him approach the par five 16th with ever-increasing confidence. A 307 yard drive left him with 207 to the flag which was precariously perched next to the water.
A magnificent approach only needed one bounce to find its way into the hole from his second shot for an albatross, or double-eagle if you prefer (footage via PGATour.com).
Not letting the excitement of a shot that rarely occurs more than once, if at all in a player’s career, Koepka duly made birdie on the infamous island green of the 17th hole, enabled by another superb approach to within five feet.
The American missed a birdie putt on the last which would have broken the course record, but the round of 63 was good enough for a -11 total which is currently good enough for a tie for third.