The 12th at Augusta strikes again.
AUGUSTA, Ga. — The 12th hole at Augusta strikes again.
Just three years after Jordan Spieth found the water twice on the par 3 to throw away the tournament, the treacherous par 3 has done serious damage again. First it was Brooks Koepka. Then Ian Poulter.
Then, perhaps most shockingly, Francesco Molinari.
Molinari was going along swimmingly (no pun intended) and had a two-shot lead as he stepped to 12 tee. He made a really smooth swing and the ball looked short the whole way—the crowd was groaning before it reached its apex—and it never really had a chance.
After the penalty stroke, Molinari played his third to about 12 feet left of the hole and couldn't make the putt. Tiger, on the other hand, made a routine par to grab a share of the lead.