Golf 2010

Robert Gilbert



Hole of the Week #2 - The Day I Beat Tiger!

Posted 5/10/2010 10:06:00 PM
I still remember the day that I beat Tiger Woods by 2 strokes on the 17th hole of Palmetto Dunes’ Arthur Hills Course in Hilton Head.

Sure, if you are a stickler for details like the natural laws of time and space, then no, I didn’t technically beat Tiger. However, I’m not going to let the fact that 15 years separated our rounds diminish my impressive achievement. Oh, and I suppose Tiger played the back tees, so make that 15 years and roughly 60 yards.

Spend just a little bit of time in the Arthur Hills clubhouse and you are bound to hear about the time Tiger, playing in a collegiate tournament with Stanford, carded a quadruple on the par 4 17th. His shot-by-shot details on that fateful day tend to vary, but nevertheless, his high score has given every golfer playing the hole since a chance at their own claim to fame.

So, back to my story.

I liked the 17th as soon as I stepped on the tee box because it’s set up perfectly for my “aggressive draw” (otherwise known as a hook). However, with water running the length of the fairway on the left side, and heavy brush lining the right, I opted for control over length. After a solid 3-iron, I was left with only 130 yards to the green. However, the approach was anything but easy, as water forces a carry all the way to the front edge of a shallow and sloped green.

Knowing I’d rather be chipping from behind the green than risking the water in front of it, I went with more club than necessary and flew it into the rough on the back right side. This is where things got a little tricky. Worried about the aforementioned slope, I shorted my chip and left myself another difficult shot to the topside pin placement. Determined to not make the same mistake, I got aggressive and ended up a mile from the hole at the bottom of the green. However, a few deep breaths and a quick prayer later, I was able to compose myself and two-putt for a double bogey -- the greatest double bogey of my life.