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You Can't Make It Up

U.S. Open 2023: You could watch golf every day for the next 100 years and not see another ball end up where Cameron Young's did on Saturday

We’ve seen golf balls end up in all sorts of crazy places over the years. In trees and under cacti. On hospitality decks and on the backs of gators. Heck, Kramer once hit one into a whale's blow hole, if you believe the stories. But none of those—not a single stinking Titleist, Bridgestone, Nitro or Kirkland—can compare to where this errant Cameron Young tee shot came to a rest at L.A. Country Club on Saturday during the third round of the U.S. Open. Let’s get nuts.

We know what you’re thinking because we’re thinking it too: No way. Just no way. Young’s tee shot flew 50 yards off line, through some trees, into the gallery and somehow, defying both odds and physics, plopped in the last place you would ever expect:

Exactly where it’s supposed to go.

“You know whose cart that is, boys?” asks NBC on-course reporter Ned Michaels, just as dumbfounded as the rest of us. “That’s my cart.” That’s right. Young’s ball didn’t just end up in the golf ball holder of any old cart. It landed in the cart of a guy with a headset and microphone whose job it is to tell us exactly where each shot winds up.

“You can’t make it up” he says with a shake of the head. That's a tired cliche to be sure, but in this case we have to agree.