News & ToursJune 23, 2016

Watch Charley Hoffman get lucky breaks from Ernie Els' caddie, rocks at Congressional

BETHESDA, MD - JUNE 23:  Charley Hoffman plays a shot from the 14th tee during the first round of the Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club on June 23, 2016 in Bethesda, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Getty ImagesBETHESDA, MD - JUNE 23: Charley Hoffman plays a shot from the 14th tee during the first round of the Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club on June 23, 2016 in Bethesda, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

We've all seen a friend or playing partner hit a wayward shot, only for a tree or bunker rake to kick their ball out to safety. Using another player's caddie as a bumper, however, is a new one.

But that's exactly what Charley Hoffman did in Round 1 of the Quicken Loans National. Hoffman found himself under a tree, and his recovery shot looked to be heading into deeper rough. Luckily for Hoffman, Ernie Els' caddie was standing in Hoffman's line, ricocheting the ball into greener pastures:

The providence didn't stop there for Hoffman. At Congressional's sixth hole, the 39-year-old's ball appeared to be headed to a watery grave, only to receive this fortuitous bounce from a set of rocks:

That, my friends, is good, clean living.


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