As everyone who plays it knows, golf is a funny sport.
Some days things don’t go your way and your ball takes a bad bounce into the nearest bushes, others you find yourself striking it lucky as a wall or a tree comes to the rescue and knocks you back into the fairway.
For professional golfers, this is exactly the same, with many players often finding lucky bounces via stands or even TV towers, but nothing even comes close to Jerry Kelly’s remarkable break at Hualalai yesterday.
Playing at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship on the PGA Champions Tour, Kelly was attempting to hit a hybrid into a par 5 with his second shot when got it completely wrong and hit it miles right into what should have been out of bounds.
Instead, Kelly’s ball took two bounces off what appeared to be solidified lava, bounced on the cart path, hit a spectator’s leg before nestling safely on the green.
Naturally, this phenomenal break wouldn’t be nearly as exciting unless he walked away with eagle and Kelly duly delivered, sinking his putt for eagle from around 30 feet.
Should he have gone on to win, it would have been an even more remarkable series of events, but Kelly would go on to finish tied for third as Tom Lehman took home the win.
Recent years have seen a variety of lucky bounces off trees and sprinkler heads, as well as other players.
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Leif Olson managed to win himself a brand-new BMW at the 2009 Canadian Open when his ball hit his playing partners on the green before going in for a hole in one, and Louis Oosthuizen famously did the same at the 2016 Masters.
While they are a rarity, breaks such as Kelly’s remind us just how much luck is involved in golf.
These lucky bounces do happen on tour, but whether or not we’ll see anything that even comes close to Kelly’s is unlikely for a long time.
Knowing the way golf goes, we suspect his next rebound will not be quite so lucky.