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Weekly Reader Poll: Golf's Ultimate Red-Faced Moment

Losing your cool on the golf course can lead to great embarrassment.
Golf can bring about tremendous embarrassment for just about anyone and, no doubt, one Australian will have felt at least a tinge of it at the PGA Championship.

Queenslander Rod Pampling popped up on golf news feeds far and wide following his ugly tee shot just before round two was suspended at Quail Hollow. 

Pampling, attempting to hit before the imminent sound of the horn to stop play, rushed his tee shot on his final hole so much so that it resembled a Happy Gilmore impersonation and resulted in what is arguably one of the worst shots captured on camera in major championship history.

In Pampling's defence, both he and his struggling playing partners - Thomas Pieters and Xander Schauffele - were all going to easily miss the cut and his haste to hit was purely to keep all three from having to return to the course the next morning for one inconsequential hole.

Under golf's rules, if one ball is in play on a hole before play is suspended due to darkness, all members of the group have the option to complete the hole.

What was unlucky for Pampling was the ProTracer camera set up directly behind the tee to document his woeful drive and guarantee him years of reliving it. 

Question: Which scenario would you find most embarrassing in front of people on the golf course?
  • Hitting your ball backwards
    14%
  • Missing a very short putt
    16%
  • Missing your tee time
    3%
  • Breaking a club in anger
    8%
  • Falling into a water hazard
    32%
  • Not being able to get your ball out of a bunker
    27%

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