WATCH: Pro hits shot from his knees to within 2 feet at Open Championship

Jazz Janewattananond hits out of a bunker on the 11th hole at Royal St. George's on Saturday.

Jazz Janewattananond’s ball, sitting inside a left greenside bunker on the par-3 11th at Royal St. George’s, was hit to within about 2 feet on Saturday, and it would be tapped in for par during the third round of the Open Championship

Jazz Janewattananond, kneeling above the bunker, hit the ball out.

“What do they say about getting creative on links layouts?” announcer Terry Gannon said on the NBC broadcast. 

Truly. Janewattananond had hit his tee shot about 2 feet from the 3-foot-tall bunker wall, which limited his ability to stand in the bunker and take a swing. Kneeling above it would give him more room. Of course, golf, at least as we’ve reported on this website, is typically played standing up.   

Tradition and Janewattananond took a seat. He took a few light practice swings and hit. The bad: Since he was now only about 4 feet tall, sand that may have blown into just his body flew into his face. The good: He was set up for an easy 3. 

“Great shot,” analyst Justin Leonard said on the broadcast.

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