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Tiger Puts Shot on Clubhouse Roof

Tiger Woods missed a shot re-e-e-al bad, landing it on the roof of the clubhouse. He still pulled out a bogey.

Tiger Woods’ second shot on the par-4 ninth hole at the Firestone Country Club on Friday went far right, hit pavement and bounced onto the roof of the clubhouse. Some moments later, a WGC-Bridgestone tournament official was seen roaming around the roof looking for the ball. Woods gathered with other officials at the entrance to the clubhouse as the gallery swarmed to the area.


Figuring out where Woods should drop took so long that the group behind his was told to play through.

Woods and McGinley were shown on ESPN’s broadcast laughing as they waited near the 18th green.

The telecast reported some moments later that a cook from the clubhouse found Woods’ ball and handed it over to his caddie, Steve Williams. Woods was allowed to drop just off the path near the clubhouse about 100 yards from the hole. Woods’ then hit his third shot, a wedge, onto the green within 25 feet of the cup. He just missed his par putt right. Woods was not assessed a penalty stroke. PGA Tour official Mike Shea said, “This is a pretty unusual situation. … The ball ended up in the parking lot where preparation for hospitality takes place.” Officials ruled that the ball had been moved by someone and that the grandstand qualified as a temporary obstruction. “The ball was picked up by an outside agency,” Shea said.

Woods settled for bogey on the ninth, carding a 64 for the day.

Many players that did not land their ball on a roof did no better. Some, presumably, did worse.

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