Ben DeArmond made his Web.com Tour debut a memorable (and forgetful) one as the head PGA professional from TPC Treviso Bay in Naples posted a 17 (13-over par) on the par-4 second HOLE during the opening round of the Lecom Suncoast Classic.
“I’ve never made a 17 in my life, not even when I started playing golf,” DeArmond said.
DeArmond hit his tee shot into the water on the 491-yard No. 2 hole. He then attempted to hit over the water from the rough twice, and failed both times.
After his third dunk into the water, DeArmond returned to the tee and proceeded to hit into the water a fourth time. Twice again, he again dunked it in the water from the rough before finally finding the fairway on his 14th stroke.
Three strokes later it summed up to a 13-over par 17. In the end, DeArmond signed for a first-round 91.
“I’ve learned nerves are a real thing. I had a great range session, felt good going in, and it was just an out-of-body experience on that hole,” said DeArmond.
DeArmond’s 17 was the highest score ever recorded on a hole in Web.com Tour history, according to the PGA TOUR.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.