Standing on the 15th tee at The Players Championship, Taylor Montgomery sat in a tie for fourth place and was looking at a paycheck of over $1 million. An hour later, the American was four over par in his round, tied for 44th with just a $75,000 check.
It was brutal to watch, especially with Montgomery going very well at TPC Sawgrass when he holed out a long birdie putt at the 14th to hit 3-under for his day.
His hard work came undone on the par-4 15, however, as he couldn’t get up and down from the edge of the green. That wasn’t too bad though, the 15th is a tough hole where quite a few scores have been racked up.
Now at 2-under in his day and 9-under in the tournament, the 28-year-old was still looking for a potential top-5 finish and a paycheck around $1 million. Pushing his drive at the par-5 16, he managed to get his third shot near the green, with a 30-foot birdie putt that all but guaranteed a par that would keep him up the standings.
But the American missed his first putt and then his second. Faced with a five-foot bogey putt, many thought they would just hit it and move on to the next one. That would not be the case, however, with Montgomery ramming him three feet and taking advantage of a costly double bogey.
His grief was not over, however, as he not only found the water once on the iconic par 3 17, but twice, when his chip shot rolled into the lake surrounding the island green. Playing five, it was only because of the rough passage of the flag that his shot did not fall into the drink!
Two putts for a triple bogey, the torture didn’t end there as he now faced the toughest hole on the course. Admirably enough, however, Montgomery managed to call 18, but the damage had already been done, with Montgomery’s potential earnings going from $1.1 million to $75,000.