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Rod Pampling's rushed tee shot on final hole of the PGA Championship was hilarious

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After Rory McIlroy pulled off a great shot yesterday to save par at the US PGA tour, pundits and fans were eager to see how the other golfers would fare on the tricky Quail Hollow course in North Carolina.

One golfer in particular struggled, so much so that one of the shots he pulled off has gone down as one of the worst so far, in this year's championship.

Poor weather meant that play was severely delayed during round two of the tournament on Friday. As a result, a number of players had no choice but to finish their rounds with a race against time to avoid being forced to resume early on day three.

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Golf fans and pundits will know that one of the worst things in the game is having to rise in the early hours to only play a handful of holes, especially if you have no choice but to accept a late tee time or even miss the cut altogether. 

Rod Pampling stepped eagerly up to the ninth tee (his last hole) already with the knowledge that as he was 12 over he would miss the cut. Determined not to wake up early the next day to play one shot only - or force his playing partners to do the same - it is rather safe to say he rushed his tee shot slightly.

As you can see below, the 47-year-old didn't take any time to prepare and quickly stepped up the ball to swing, veering his shot straight to the left into an unforgiving set of trees. 

Even the commentators could not quite believe what they had just witnessed. Jim Nantz remarked: "Have you ever seen a shot like that in a major championship?"

It isn't often you see a shot quite that bad on the professional tour! 

Although it wasn't necessarily a laughing matter for Pampling, who was under a bit of pressure to take the shot quickly. However, he did do his playing partners a small favour.

Since he had already teed off, even if the horn had blown to bring play to a close, his group could choose to finish the hole since one ball was already in play.

The Australian took to Twitter to respond to a tweet by fellow golf writer Ben Everill, who commended Pampling for his unselfish act.

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Phil Mickleson
Tiger Woods
PGA Championships
Golf
Rory McIlroy
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