If you’re a golfer, much less a competitive one, you know that topping it off the first tee is the stuff of which nightmares are made. Let Francesco Molinari’s topped tee shot off Pebble Beach’s first tee on Saturday be a lesson: Even major winners do it.
Molinari’s right hand was off the club almost as soon as he hit the dreaded shot that skipped just off the first tee in the third round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. The shot tracer line even picked up the ball, sort of, as it hopped toward the fairway. The official PGA Tour play-by-play listed the drive at 70 yards in length before it settled in the primary rough, leaving Molinari 302 yards to the hole.
Molinari, the 2018 Open Championship winner who won the last of his three PGA Tour titles at the 2019 Arnold Palmer Invitational, salvaged a bogey at the opening hole, and recovered when he birdied the par-4 third a few minutes later.
You’re one of us, Frankie.
Stay dry out there today.
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