Golf is often a game of luck.
Sure, there’s a lot of skill involved, and the best golfers in the world amaze fans day after day with their ability to bombard shots, curveballs, and stay close from crazy angles. However, there are always lucky rebounds that can turn a bad shot into a good one, and in some cases make a good one really bad.
Enter SH Kim, who was playing his third shot on the PGA West Stadium Course during the second round of The American Express in La Quinta, California. He had 83 yards to the flag at the par-5 16th hole, and his wedge shot was marked.
However, a bit too much.
He hit the flag and the ball went flying backwards. It dangled on the edge of the fairway near the green before tumbling down the infamous hill along the left side of the hole. It would have ended up in the infamous bunker, but the ball ended up getting stuck under the portcullis. Kim took over, but his fourth, fifth and sixth shots ended up in the bunker. With his seventh, he was able to place it on the surface of the green and drained the putt for the triple bogey 8.
On a positive note, Kim rallied in a big way, birdieing the island’s 17th green. Talk about a tale of two holes.
The story originally appeared on GolfWeek