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Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño just made the up-and-down of the year — through a tree

October 19, 2018

There are no easy pitches when you're faced with 30 yards from the rough and only have about 15 feet of green to the hole. But throw a tree in between you and the pin and the situation becomes virtually impossible to navigate. Unless there's a gap between the branches. And you're a tour pro.

Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño at least had both of those things working in his favor when he found himself in a tricky spot on the 18th hole during the first round of the Andalucia Valderrama Masters. And the seven-time European Tour winner pulled off a short-game shot that even Phil Mickelson would be proud of. Check out what might be the niftiest up-and-down of the year:

Great shot. And great commentary.

"Is he trying to go through the V of the tree? Surely, not, no. . . . Yes! Yes! Well, that is amazing. That is absolutely amazing."

The incredible par save gave Gonzo an opening one-under 70 in the weather-delayed event. Ashley Chesters is the first-round leader following a 66.

Gonzo later added this on Twitter:

Good to know. Apparently, he has two middle names then.