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AMERICAN Justin Thomas experienced it all on the 14th hole on Saturday at the Valspar Championship but still walked off with a birdie.

YOUNG gun Justin Thomas experienced it all while playing the 14th hole at the Valspar Championship on Saturday, incredibly escaping from the par-5 at Innisbrook Resort's Copperhead Course with a birdie.

After crushing his drive to a prime position on the fairway, the PGA Tour winner elected to hit his driver off the deck in an attempt to attack the green.

The 22-year-old didn't catch his approach how he would've liked, watching his ball carve right into the trees, catching a spectator who was seen collapsing to the ground.

Thankfully the patron was alright, meeting with Thomas under the tree line to accept a signed glove from the American as a memento.

But the excitement didn't end there for Thomas, after his approach from 100 yards to the green drifted long and right, nestling in some thick greenside rough just 25 feet from the pin.

Taking a lob wedge, Thomas made sweet contact with his ball, seeing it land just on the putting surface and trickle into the bottom of the cup at a perfect pace for birdie.

No doubt pleased to escape from the dramatic hole with a birdie, Thomas lobbed his club to his caddie and acknowledged the crowd with a sigh of relief.

Thomas gave the stroke back shortly after with a bogey on the 16th, eventually signing for a 1-over 73 on Saturday.

His third round saw him slip back to a share of ninth by Saturday evening, alongside close friend Jordan Spieth at 2-under for the week, six shots behind outright leader Bill Haas.



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