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Tour pro has driver snapped by gallery rope while riding golf cart to playoff, loses on first extra hole

September 03, 2023

We honestly wouldn't have believed it if we didn't see it. But, yes, this actually happened. A Ladies European Tour pro had her driver accidentally snapped by a gallery rope while getting a ride to a playoff hole. Talk about a nightmare scenario for a golfer.

OK, let's set the scene at the KPMG Women's Irish Open. Van Dam was coming off a closing birdie to get into a playoff with Smilla Tarning Soenderby and Lisa Pettersson when she hopped in a golf cart with a tournament official to ride back to the 18th tee. At one point, the cart slowed down as Van Dam lifted a gallery rope so they could drive under. But the 27-year-old Dutch golfer let go of the rope a bit too early and it caught around her driver. As the cart contined, the club's head was snapped clean off.

No, really. This actually happened. Watch the crazy situation that might be the worst break (literally) in golf history:

How 'bout that? Brutal stuff. We haven't seen anyone get victimized by a gallery rope like that since Bryson DeChambeau's self-inflicted knockout last year. And it got worse minutes later when Van Dam lost on the first extra hole to Soenderby.

According to Ryan French, AKA Monday Q Info on Twitter, Van Dam teed off on the par 5 with her 3-wood instead. However, the five-time LET winner actually still had a great look at eagle after a brilliant approach shot.

But she couldn't convert the putt. Meanwhile, Soenderby produced a walk-off eagle to earn her maiden LET title.

As for Van Dam, we guess it just wasn't meant to be her day week. She was allowed to replace the club in that situation, but she didn't. Why? Well, you're not going to believe this either.

When it rains it pours, right?