Strong winds at THE PLAYERS sees carnage at the famous par-3 17th

The island-green par-3 17th at TPC Sawgrass is one of the most recognisable golf holes in the world.

At just 136yards (123 metres), it’s still a daunting tee shot and despite a large green, it requires some skill and courage to find the green.

Normally the pros playing THE PLAYERS Championship don’t have too much trouble but yesterday, it was a whole different ball game.

Incredibly strong winds and huge gusts played havoc with the world’s best golfers. According to the PGA Tour, of the 60 players who played it yesterday, just 34 managed to land and keep their ball on the green – 19 of them found the water.

The mayhem had some golf pundits including Brandel Chamblee wondering if the conditions exposed a design flaw in the hole and it should have been deemed unplayable by officials. Something that Paul McGinley hotly disputed.

Watch the carnage below.

Some of these shots are clearly smacked by a huge gust of wind, while others are just terrible golf shots played by professionals who aren’t used to playing a variety of different golf shots.

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