'Come on now!': Cult hero crashes down to earth after freak shot as ...
Cult hero Michael Block delivered yet another memorable moment on the course by miraculously chipping a ball off a bridge over a set of trees and onto the green at the $8.7 million Charles Schwab Challenge.
Englishman Harry Hall sits clear in first place with a score of eight-under par and is three strokes ahead of Harris English who is in outright second.
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Block shot to fame at the PGA Championship where the resident club pro at Oak Hill, the venue which hosted the second major of the year, finished T15.
Although Block enjoyed tremendous success at the PGA Championship, he has found such form hard to come by during the opening round of the Charles Schwab Challenge where he was allowed to play thanks to a sponsor exemption.
But his performance on the par-four 10th will live long in the memory of golf fans in attendance at the Colonial Country Club.
Block’s opening drive veered off course as the ball eventually bounced onto a bridge.
“[One of the] Worst tee shots I’ve ever hit in my life,” Block said.
With the option to either hit the ball where it lay on the bridge or take a penalty, Block decided he would go for the former.
What happened next stunned onlookers as Block lofted the ball up off the bridge and over a set of trees, before it eventually dropped just shy of the green.
“Oh, come on now,” one commentator remarked.
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“Just add it to the legend. It continues to grow!”
Block had a cheeky remark for the fans who had gathered round to watch his shot.
“Better than taking a penalty, right guys?” Block said.
The 46-year-old then saved par to keep his score at two-over at that stage.
Sadly it was the only bright spot of Block’s day.
Block sits dead last in 120th place with a score of 11-over par thanks to seven bogeys and three double bogeys — including one on the final hole — throughout the day.
Australian star Min Woo Lee got a first-hand glimpse of Block’s brilliance on the 10th having been paired with the cult hero.
Lee, competing in his first tournament under a special temporary PGA Tour membership, was even-par on the front nine but moved up the leaderboard throughout the second thanks to birdies on the 10th and 12th.
He then birdied the final hole to finish three-under and T7.
The Perth native was eligible for the temporary membership for the rest of the 2022/23 season as a result of his PGA Championship performance when he finished T18, meaning he had accrued enough points for the exemption.
Fellow Australian Cam Davis enjoyed a solid first round, carding a two-under par finish which left him T22.