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At The Memorial, Golf Went All Slapstick

DUBLIN, OHIO | There came a point Sunday afternoon, somewhere between the time Adam Scott buried his golf ball on the creek bank on Muirfield Village’s 12th hole and when Bubba Watson’s tee shot dropped in unannounced on a backyard party near the 15th hole, that the Memorial Tournament turned into the parade scene from Animal House.
Anything went.
Scott went away.
Watson went away.
Hideki Matsuyama’s driver shaft went crack.
There was even a bit of irony in the fact that Kevin Na, with a well-earned rep for being slower than a DMV line, was forced to wait more than an hour to find out if his final-round 64 had earned him a victory, a playoff or more time to have another of the famous locker-room milkshakes.
Na, who has graciously handled his slow-play rep and is doing his best to overcome it and an injury, wound up in a playoff then proceeded to pull-hook his tee shot into a creek on the first extra hole to lose to Matsuyama, who didn’t have a driver in his bag, at least not a driver in one piece, which the rules require.
Matsuyama said through an interpreter and Jack Nicklaus himself that he was shocked his driver snapped after he banged it on the ground on the final hole of regulation.
“He hit (the ground),” Nicklaus said sitting with the new champion of his tournament. “It was not a whack.” Is that right, champ?


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