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Bubba Watson’s great start undone by plugged ball in ‘coffin bunker’ (vid)

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Bubba Watson, who typically struggles at links-style golf — especially at The Open Championship — stepped to the 8th hole at Royal Troon on top of the leaderboard with a 5-under start. Things came undone in a blink of an eye.

As has been thoroughly discussed heading into this week’s major, the 8th hole — dubbed the “Postage Stamp” hole — has all the potential to wreak havoc on the leaderboard and players’ scorecards. At only 120 yards, it hardly seems like a daunting challenge for the world’s best golfers.

But links golf presents a wholly different challenge, and the presence of a confounding coffin bunker only makes the hole that much more perilous.

Watson learned that quite well in his first round Thursday after finding his ball plugged in the “Coffin Bunker” after an errant shot off the tee. When it was all said and done, Watson carded a triple-bogey six and plummeted down the leader board.

First, a look at his horrible lie.

And footage of Watson’s nightmarish experience, from his pushed tee shot to his sixth stroke, which included hitting his second shot over the green, a chunked first pitch and two putts.

Not pretty. Not pretty at all. But Watson in all likelihood won’t be the last victim of the Postage Stamp during The Open Championship.

Actually, considering it took Rory McIlroy six shots simply to escape the coffin bunker on the hole during a practice round, that’s a certainty.

[SB Nation]