Despite measuring just 137 yards, the infamous island green 17th here at Sawgrass has taken some high-profile victims in its time. None have been any bigger than Tiger Woods, who but for a quadruple-bogey seven would be in tantalising contention going into this Players Championship weekend.
The 43-year-old came to perhaps the most famous par three in the United States on five under par, having started on the 10th and birdied the 12th, 13th and 16th.
Woods was up into a tie for eighth and driving the Jacksonville fans into a morning frenzy. In 12 minutes and two ruinous swings, however, he spiralled into a tie for 57th. “I was pretty ticked, no doubt about that,” Woods said.
With typical gusto, he fought back, playing the remaining 10 holes in two under par for a 71 and a three under par total, but he realised that all anyone would be talking about was his water torture.
It could be said that, just like the 17th, Woods is iconic and notorious himself. But here the Tiger was tamed.