Lee Westwood is a professional golfer, No. 12 in the World Golf Ranking and has nine top-five finishes at major tournaments in his career, but he made us all remember the difficulty of the sport on Saturday in Round 3 of the Players Championship.
And not in a good way.
With his ball off the grass completely and near a tree on hole No. 1, Westwood geared up for a shot he's likely taken—and hit successfully—thousands of times. Aiming to just get it back in the fairway, he took out an iron from his bag and wedged his body in between the hole and the tree.
What followed will make Westwood the butt of every joke at the next PGA Tour luncheon.
After a nice backswing, Westwood's club struck the tree on the way down, causing him to miss the ball completely in front of the fans and his pairing at TPC Sawgrass. Kyle Porter of CBS had an excellent slow-motion look at the swing on Twitter:
Lee Westwood whiffs. vine.co/v/b053DbArdXB— Kyle Porter (@KylePorterCBS) May 11, 2013
To give Westwood some slack, he was sandwiched right up against the tree, and not at the tee box, where avid golfers everywhere will try to make the nonsensical comparison of equality after seeing a professional swing and miss too.
Jason Sobel of the Golf Channel made sure his followers didn't get a big head watching the miss:
Lee Westwood swings and misses. At least he was stymied by a tree. Your ball was sitting on a tee when you whiffed. What's your excuse?— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelGC) May 11, 2013
Westwood is looking for his first win of the season at TPC Sawgrass this week and does so coming in hot. He finished in the top 10 at each of his last three tournaments, including a tie for eighth at the Masters at Augusta National.
Until he gets that first win, though, he'll likely be remembered this year as the guy who whiffed at the Players Championship.