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Masters 2022: PGA Tour winner's clubhead comes flying off, still manages to hit good shot

April 08, 2022

AUGUSTA, Ga. — It's a bird (Wait, are there even birds here?), it's a plane (There are certainly a lot of private planes here), it's … a clubhead?

Hudson Swafford provided the most unusual highlight of the 2022 Masters thus far when one of his irons snapped on impact as he hit his second shot into the par-5 13th. The three-time PGA Tour winner immediately looked around in confusement, but had to be satisfied with the result.

That's because, incredibly, somehow, Swafford's golf ball landed on the back of the green before trickling into a back bunker. So he avoided potential disaster—and the patrons avoided taking a face full of iron. Swafford made par on the hole and finished with a 69, one of the best rounds of the day, to (comfortably) make the cut at the Masters for the first time in three appearances.

Anyway, here's a slow-motion look at the weird shot:

In case you're wondering, under the rules of golf Swafford was allowed to replace the club (if he had a replacement handy), although it's unclear if he did. Had he broken the club in anger, that would not be the case.

Regardless, we're pretty sure he'll have a full bag of clubs at his disposal on Saturday when he continues his pursuit of a first major title. Well, maybe a his first major runner-up with Scottie Scheffler running away with this thing.