Cameron Davis looked to his left and laughed. Then he smiled. Then he laughed again.
There are breaks. And there are great breaks. And then there are laugh-smile-laugh-again breaks, the kind where you know you got away with something so silly, that all you can do is laugh, smile and laugh again.
“That might be worth three shots to him if he knocks that in,” analyst Nick Faldo said on Golf Channel’s broadcast.
Indeed. Davis, during Thursday’s first round of the Northern Trust, sliced his tee shot right on the par-4 16th at Liberty National, then he leaned over as his ball nosedived toward the water right of the green. Only it finished 9 feet from the hole. The ball bounced off a small collection of rocks, ricocheted forward about 30 yards — then bounced off a tent behind the green and ricocheted backward toward the green.
“Ooh, he might be dry,” Faldo said on the broadcast in real time. “He might be on the 8th tee. Oh no, it bounced back. It’s on.
“What?” announcer Terry Gannon said.
What the heck would also work. Davis went from a penalty to a putt for eagle. He’d make it and, after digging his ball out from the cup, laughed. Then he smiled. Then he laughed.
He knew the break he got.
“That is some two,” analyst Frank Nobilo said.