Pro golfer's all-time horror show in ugly 38-year first

Si Woo Kim's 13 on a par-three set an ugly 38-year first on the PGA Tour. Pic: Getty/PGA Tour
Si Woo Kim's 13 on a par-three set an ugly 38-year first on the PGA Tour. Pic: Getty/PGA Tour

South Korea's Si Woo Kim suffered a brutal moment just about every golfer will be able to relate to - and one that he will want to forget quickly.

Kim's final round at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Memphis was summed up by a disastrous hole that will make any golf hacker feel immeasurably better about themselves.

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Playing in his first event since finishing in a share of 32nd in the men's golf competition at the Tokyo Olympics, Kim even par on the day when he stepped up to TPC Southwind's 155-yard 11th hole that features an island green.

A three-times winner on the PGA Tour, Kim's tee shot sailed right of the island green and into the water.

Disappointing, sure. The Korean's day was about to get a whole lot worse though.

The 26-year-old then went to a drop zone that was 96 yards from the hole, where he proceeded to try and find the green and avoid the dreaded water again.

Unfortunately, he sent his next four shots into the drip before finally finding the rough with his 11th shot.

A video posted on the PGA Tour's official Twitter account showed the horror sequence of events for the Korean golfer, who just simply couldn't stop slicing the ball right and into the water.

When Kim finally did manage to hit a tee shot that didn't sail into the water, he managed to chip to within a foot of the cup from the rough, before tapping in for an unsightly 13.

According to the PGA Tour, Kim's horror show marks an ugly 38-year-first that he will surely want to forget in a hurry.

Kim's 13 at TPC Southwind - which has hosted a PGA Tour event annually since 1989 - is the highest score on a par-three hole, outside of the four majors, since 1983.

The Korean responded immediately with a birdie but carded a double-bogey at the par-three 14th where he sent another tee shot into the water.

Undeterred, Kim birdied the next three holes en route to an eight-over par 78 that left him at 13 over on the week and last in the field.

The 11th hole had seen just six balls find the water before Sunday but was playing more difficult in the final round.

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Contenders Harris English and Bryson DeChambeau, playing in the final group, hit their tee shots in the water on the 11th.

English made double-bogey with DeChambeau making a triple-bogey 6.

There was heartbreak of a different sort for Aussie Cameron Smith, who followed up his Olympic Games disappointment with more misery in the final round.

An inexplicable double-bogey on the final hole saw Smith finish two shots out of a three-man playoff - won by his final-round playing partner Abraham Ancer on the second extra hole.

A week after falling agonisingly short of a bronze-medal playoff at the Olympics with a bogey on his 72nd hole in Tokyo, Smith was tied for the lead at 16 under heading to the 18th hole.

He sliced his tee shot well right and just shy of out of bounds, with trees blocking his second shot to the green.

Despite seemingly having no option but to bail out and try and get up and down for par from the fairway - which he achieved with his second ball - Smith elected to fire at the green from a dusty lie.

Hit shot cannoned off a tree and out of bounds.

Chipping out after a penalty stroke, Smith then proceeded to knock his wedge shot from 96 yards to within a few feet and made the putt for a six.

I wanted to win. I didn't want to chip it out and leave my chances in (my rivals') hands," Smith said.

"There was a little gap up there. I had to hit like a medium flight draw and I tried to hit it.

"I wanted to make sure I had a good look at birdie and I just didn't execute it."

with AAP

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