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Another grand slam for Tiger

ESPN staff
August 12, 2011
Brandt Snedeker runs for the first tee © Getty Images
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Poor Brandt Snedeker - or, as time will probably tell, poor Brandt Snedeker's caddie. The American - winner at this year's Heritage Classic at Hilton Head - knew he needed a fast start to ensure he made the cut after an opening 74, but it didn't quite work out that way. Instead, he managed to miss his 8.10am tee-time by exactly two minutes and 15 seconds - leading to a two-shot penalty.

"I thought my tee time was 8.20 and it was at 8.10," Snedeker said. "That's the first time that's happened in my career, and I guarantee it'll be my last."

Hitting three off the tee, he went on to card a 73 - enough for a mediocre seven-over total and unwelcome missed cut. The number of shots he missed by? Yep, you guessed it...

Three.

Putt a sock in it
People still think Tiger Woods can return to his world-beating best within the next few days, never mind the weeks, months or even years it might actually take. Hopefully, though, some of those people were watching Tiger's 20-foot birdie attempt at the par-three seventh. The 14-time major champion - one of the best putters the game has ever seen - stood over it, took a look at the hole, and proceeded to roll the putt all of about 12 feet. He then missed the next one for par.

Back to his best he most certainly is not.

Footprints in the sand
Not that Tiger Woods was the only person to hit the odd embarrassing shot - overnight leader Steve Stricker certainly got in on that act. Having found himself in the sand off the tee at the sixth, the reigning Memorial champion managed to stone-cold top his shot into the lip of the bunker, and was very lucky to see it ricochet up and trundle down the fairway a few yards. Not a good look.

A whole lotta luck for Luke
Sitting two-over for the tournament with seven to play, the world No. 1 needed a bit of inspiration as he came to the par five 12th. However, it looked like the opposite would be the case, as a misdirected second shot headed straight for the water right of the green. But, in what was a quite incredible break, Donald's ball landed right on the brick lining at the edge of the fairway, sending the ball soaring over the green and into the back of the bunker. He was left with a treacherous shot (although still preferable to finding the water), but Donald showed his quality with his 40-yard shot to put the ball mere inches from the hole. From certain bogey to tap-in birdie in one slice of good fortune.

A second grand slam
Tiger Woods had missed the cut long before he found the water with an adventurous bunker shot at the 18th, but it unequivocally confirmed his completion of a second career grand slam. This one is a less welcome one however - as the 35-year-old missed the cut at the US PGA to ensure he has now not played the weekend at one of all four major championships.

For the record - his Masters MC came as an amateur in 1996, his US Open horror came in 2006 and his truncated Open Championship came in 2008. Sad times, but none sadder than these past two rounds...

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