In the latest edition of “there are no pictures on a scorecard,” Kelly Kraft gave us a free lesson on how to make par from a grandstand. During the third round of the John Deere Classic, the 28 year-old Texas native yanked a drive wayward to the left off the par-5 17th tee ending up between the hospitality tent between the 17th and 18th holes at TPC Deere Run.
Weighing options for his drop, Kraft could’ve played from a spot in the area around the grandstand. However, given the lie he’d probably draw and the poor angle, he clearly figured he had a better chance to salvage the hole from a tight AstroTurf lie several feet off the ground.
While there wasn’t much room to make a swing, the 2011 U.S. Amateur champ made clean contact as expected, hoisting it up and over the trees and back into play.
.@kkraft11‘s tee shot on 17 was just a bit off line …
He still made par. ???? ???? pic.twitter.com/RFE07TEtUc
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) July 15, 2017
From there, Kraft put the next one on the green and two-putted for the “routine” par. He went on to shoot a 3-under 68, but finds himself T62 after 54-holes. Here’s another angle for some perspective.
— Bett Girls Golf (@Bett_Girls_Golf) July 15, 2017
Patrick Rodgers leads the way by two after the third round over Scott Stallings and a red-hot Daniel Berger who fired an 8-under 63, equalling the low round on moving day. Here’s a look at Saturday’s action:
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