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Worst PGA Tour chunks

By Oliver Mauk

We all know golf is a difficult sport. Every shot matters, and when the pressure is on golfers are capable of making some enormous mistakes. One of these common mistakes is a chunk, or hitting too far behind the ball causing it to land well short of your target. We are all susceptible to the occasional chunked shot on the golf course, but it's quite rare that we see that from a professional golfer. Here are the worst chunked shots by members of the PGA Tour. 

Jason Day at the PGA Championship: Day showed off a little nerves on this approach to the 9th green. He had a 3 stroke lead going into the 9th hole before hitting this shot, then proceeded to recover by getting up and down. He collected himself and won the Wanamaker trophy.  

Jordan Spieth at The Masters: We all remember this one. Spieth had a significant lead on the back 9 Sunday at The Masters, and looked like he was on his way to winning a second straight green jacket. He then proceeded to chunk two balls in a row, and went on to make a quadruple bogey on the par-3 12th hole.  

 Tiger Woods at Chevron World Challenge: This is a tough shot to begin with, but was still a lousy attempt by Tiger Woods to get this ball out of the rough. He hits well behind the ball, forcing it to only move a few feet and remain in the thick stuff. 

Hunter Mahan at the Bridgestone Invitational: This chunked shot by Hunter Mahan is arguably the worst shot ever by a PGA Tour player. It's a simple wedge shot over water (which isn't really even in play on this shot), but Mahan hits inches behind the ball. It's chunked so badly that it lands short of the hazard before trickling in and making a splash. 

 Tiger Woods at Hero World Challenge His first attempt at hitting this shot comes up just short, but rolls all the way back down. The second attempt was even worse though, nearly missing the ball entirely. As they say, third times the charm as Woods' third attempt ends up about a foot from the cup. 

You know of a chunked shot by a PGA Tour player that should be on this list? Send it to and I'll add to this page. 

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