The Island Green #17

11 May 2018

It's golf's most recognizable hole--only 137 yards long, but its entire fairway is a Splash Zone. The 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass has humbled more golfers than checkered pants. Since 2003, 598 balls have been hit in the water at the 17th--212 first round water balls, 160 second round splashes, 96 third round sinkers, and 160 kerplunks in the final round. Bob Tway found the water four times in 2005 before three-putting for a 12. In 1999, Fred Couples made a hole-in-three, flying in his second tee shot after a water ball and a penalty stroke. In 1998, a seagull stole Brad Fabel's ball off the green and dropped it in the water. Last year, 69 balls got wet, the highest total in five years. In total the Island Green claims about 120,000 balls a year.

Not all of the history on the hole involves water. In 2001, Tiger Woods rolled in a sixty-foot putt on his way to his first win at The Players.  In 2015, Rickie Fowler birdied the hole five times, including three during a dramatic final round as he won in a playoff.  Last year, Sergio Garcia made a hole-in-one at the 17th, one of only eight players to do it in the history of the event.