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Four in water as An makes 11 on par-three!

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Record for highest score at TPC Sawgrass’ par-three 17th is a 12, carded by Bob Tway in 2005; Byeong Hun An posts an octuple-bogey 11 after putting four balls in the water on the hole during the opening round of The Players

By Ali Stafford

Last Updated: 11/03/21 8:24pm

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Byeong Hun An put four balls in the water on his way to an octuple-bogey 11 at the par-three 17th during the opening round of The Players!

Byeong Hun An put four balls in the water on his way to an octuple-bogey 11 at the par-three 17th during the opening round of The Players!

The 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass has caught many of the world’s best out through the years, although few have struggled as much as Byeong Hun An did during the opening round of The Players.

The former BMW PGA Champion racked up the second-highest total ever recorded on the iconic par-three, plummeting down the leaderboard after putting four balls in the water on his way to an octuple-bogey.

An was only one over for his round when he reached the 143-yard hole, with his first tee shot finishing just short of the front greenside bunker and dropping into the hazard.

Byeong Hun An was playing alongside Henrik Norlander and Christiaan Bezuidenhout Byeong Hun An was playing alongside Henrik Norlander and Christiaan Bezuidenhout

Byeong Hun An was playing alongside Henrik Norlander and Christiaan Bezuidenhout

The Korean went to the drop zone for his next attempt and saw it take one bounce before falling off the back, while a third effort – his fifth shot – was almost an identical repeat as it finished in the water.

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An elected for a different approach for his fourth try but saw it spin back into the water, with the former BMW PGA champion eventually finding dry land at the fifth time of asking – his ninth shot.

The world No 80 then two-putted to walk off the hole with an 11, only a shot better than Bob Tway’s record-high set during the third round of the 2005 Players Championship.

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An’s nightmare finish was made worse when his tee shot into the par-four last also ended up in water, with a double-bogey six seeing him drop ten strokes over the final two holes and sign for a 11-over 83.

Click on the video above to see An’s record-threatening 11 on a par-three!

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