Some holes are unappealing to golfers. Mac Meissner will play the par-5 15th hole at Sandals Emerald Bay Golf Course.
According to Twitter account Monday Q Info, the former SMU player shot a total of 13 over par in four rounds at the Bahamas Great Exuma Classic, the Korn Ferry Tour’s season-opener.
Meissner, a KFT rookie who was a member of last year’s winning US Walker Cup team, started the tournament with a ten at the 15th hole. He closed it in the same manner, for a total of ten. He made a double bogey and a bogey in between.
To his credit, the 22-year-old made the cut and finished 4 over par on the par-72 course, shooting 75-71-71-75. If everything else had been equal, he would have finished in the top ten if he had played the 15th in even par.
“It felt great to play that hole; I think I was 7 over before the cut.” Making the cut with that hole demonstrates that my game is at an all-time high right now. This is a one-time transaction that will never happen again “On Wednesday, Meissner told GolfChannel.com’s Brentley Romine.
Despite the fact that the scores in Rounds 1 and 4 were identical (the tournament began on Sunday), the paths to the tens were considerably different “..
The wind was blowing from the left on the first day on that hole, O.B. right “Meissner noted the conditions, saying that the wind was gusting at 35 miles per hour. “I prefer to draw the ball, so the wind is already making me uncomfortable. Then you throw in a 15-yard, 18-yard fairway with the ocean on one side and the O.B. on the other.”
Meissner said he hit his tee shot out of bounds (1), took his penalty stroke (2), re-teed and went right (3), found it and tried to chip out (4), hit his next shot out of bounds (5), took another penalty shot (6), hit his next shot 60 yards short of the green (7), got it on the green (8), and two-putted (9, 10).
Meissner actually hit the fairway off the tee in the last round on Wednesday. That’s when things started to go wrong.
“Had around 290 [yards] to the pin and unfortunately had a really terrible muck ball — had a bunch of mud on the right side and back of the ball,” he explained. “The wind is blowing from the left, although it is primarily down. I figured if I hit a 2-iron up there short of the green, I could get it up there – especially with the dirt on the right, I knew it would draw.”
The ball, however, never got high enough and fell “in line with the green” in the danger. Meissner recovered the ball and attempted to play it out, but was unsuccessful (3). He took an unplayable (4) and hit a 6-iron into the right greenside bunker from 215 yards (5).
He remarked, “I had a really decent lie in the bunker, but I bladed it (6) into the hazard over the green and then sank in the rough (7).” “I chipped it on for about 4 feet (8) and hard-lipped a 9 for my ten.”
Meissner remained unfazed, birdieing two of his final three holes to win the competition. He’ll now compete in the Great Abaco Classic, the second of two KFT events in the Bahamas, which starts on Sunday.
He also doesn’t expect any long-term consequences.
“According to what I’ve heard, you’re going to have some wacky weather for the first two tournaments. There’ll just be some strange things that happen. And, obviously, that happened to me today and on Sunday, when it was 10 degrees “he stated “To be honest, simply making the cut to get started on the Korn Ferry Tour the right way and get a little money feels pretty nice. I’m not too disappointed.”