These two nightmarish shots could cost Justin Rose a lot of money

August 25, 2019

In the latest edition of pros-are-just-like-the-rest-of-us-sometimes, we have Justin Rose at the Tour Championship turning an already bad hole into a disaster.

After piping a drive down the fairway of the 446-yard par-4 8th hole on Sunday at East Lake following three-consecutive birdies, Rose pulled his approach into the water that lines the entire left side of the hole. It wasn’t far off, which is why he got a rather fortuitous drop in the rough by the green.

But that’s when the problems started.

Justin Rose’s first chip came out high and soft — too high and soft. It landed about an inch onto the fringe and rolled all the way down the hill back towards the hazard. Rose was actually quite lucky his ball didn’t trickle back into the water. Thankfully, the red hazard stake was there to save it.

But it’s alright, Rosey. Time to re-group.

His second chip was slightly lower and landed slightly further onto the green, but still wasn’t enough, and trickled back towards the hazard once again.

Justin Rose’s third attempt was thankfully his final chip. He found the green, and then compounded the error once more with a three-putt for a quadruple bogey eight. So if you’ve lost count that’s…

  1. Drive down the middle
  2. Approach into the water
  3. Flubbed chip
  4. Flubbed chip
  5. Chip onto green
  6. Putt
  7. Putt
  8. Putt

Painful to write, because Justin Rose has been one of my favorite players since I was just a kid, but it’ll no doubt hurt more for Rose himself. With so much money on the line this week, two shots could be the difference between hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Golf is a cruel game.