With television networks placing more and more microphones on the golf course, viewers are getting some pretty sweet soundbites from players, fans, and caddies.
Here are the six best on-course soundbites from 2017:
During Saturday's third round of the 2017 Masters, Jordan Spieth gave golf fans chills while standing over his second shot at the par-5 13th hole. Spieth pushed his tee shot into the pine straw to the right of the fairway, creating a dilemma about how he should play his next shot. The Texan discussed the situation with his caddie, Michael Greller, then asked, "What would Arnie do?" in reference to Arnold Palmer, who passed away in September 2016. Greller responded to Speith's question with, "He'd hit it right below it ... about 20 feet." Spieth would hit it to 29 feet and walk off with a two-putt birdie.
Justin Thomas didn't win the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills, but he did make history in Saturday's third round. Thomas came to the par-5 18th needing to make an eagle to set the lowest score relative to par in U.S. Open history, and after finding the fairway with his tee shot, the young American took dead aim with his approach. Thomas launched a 3-wood into the Wisconsin sky, then knowing he hit it flush, said to his caddie Jimmy Johnson, "Oh gosh, Jimmy, be good." Thomas' shot touched down on the front portion of the green, and finished 8 feet behind the hole. The 24-year-old would drain the putt for a 9-under-par 63.
After a third-round 65, Spencer Levin was in the hunt at the Quicken Loans National, which meant some quality television time on Sunday. Levin didn't disappoint, talking to his golf ball throughout the final round. At the short par-4 14th hole at TPC Potomac, Levin pleaded with his ball: "Be right, be right, come on, baby. Do something nice for me one time, baby." The ball obeyed, landing on the putting surface en route to a birdie.
There was only one result Charley Hoffman wanted at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, and it was atop the leaderboard. Hoffman was 282 yards out at the par-5 16th hole in the final round, and three shots back of the lead, when he had one of the best player-caddie discussions in determining the proper play. "I'm three back with three to play, I mean, I'm trying to win a golf tournament," said Hoffman, adding, "I'm tired of finishing in second." Hoffman hit a fantastic second shot that finished just off the back of the green in the rough, but was unable to get up-and-down for birdie.
After missing the fairway at the par-4 eighth in the first round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Jordan Spieth had an amazing discussion with his caddie, Michael Greller. Spieth decided to play a bold second shot, telling Greller, "I'm going try something stupid here," said Spieth, adding "Put the bag over there and just watch, OK?" The 24-year-old American knocked the 147-yard approach onto the putting surface, and would two-putt for par.
While waiting to play a shot in a practice round ahead of the Dell Technologies Championship, Phil Mickelson got some great advice from a young fan. The five-time major champ asked a young gentleman in the crowd how he would play the shot? "If I could hit my 3-wood 260 (yards) I would probably go for it," replied the kid. After Mickelson struck his fairway wood, the 47-year-old turned and said, "Riley, you can caddie for me anytime."
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