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Golf Australia Express : Issue 35
7 Number of times Aaron Baddeley and Heath Slocum have rinsed their tee shots here. The duo hold unenvied record of dunking the most balls at Hole 17 since 2002. 440 Total number of balls the pros have dunked at the 17th during The Players since 2003. 50 The single-round record number of golf balls that plopped into the water. It happened during Round 1 of the 2007 event. 3912 The square footage of the 17th green. The course average is 4500 square feet. 60 The distance in feet of Tiger Woods’ memorable birdie putt in 2001. Thanks in part to the momentum of his “better than most” birdie putt, Woods went on to win the event. 18-1 This rule was used at the 1998 event when Steve Lowery, whose tee shot found the green, had his ball picked up by a seagull and dropped into the water. As the bird was considered an outside agency, Lowery was permitted to replace the ball at the spot it initially came to rest on the green. 120,000 The amount of golf balls estimated hit into the water every year. With an average of 44,000 rounds played at TPC Sawgrass per year, that works at nearly three balls per player. Th e total distanc e in yards of th e walk from th e 16th gr ee ntoth e daunting 17th t ee , navigating th ee dg e of th e wat e r hazard to th e right and skirting th e tightly-pack e d gall e ry rop e stoth e l e ft. 100 Hole 17: A Watery Grave