5 hilarious moments from The Players Championship

5. Shawn Stefani was about as thug life as golf will allow

4. A bird unloaded on Ernie Els as he bogeyed the first hole

Ernie Els got off to blistering start at The Players, he shot 66 on the first day and looked to be over his horrific “yips” problem. Carding 73, 78, 75, his disappointing finish was compounded by a covering of bird crap during his final round.

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3. Russell knox’s legendary response to shooting a 9 on the 17th.

The Scot had a torrid time on Sawgrass’ par three 17th. He managed to hit three consecutive balls into the water to finish with a sextuple bogey.

That didn’t stop Knox from showing his sense of humour when he got back to the clubhouse…

The 30-year-old admitted to having some tee shot nerves the next day, “I actually thought about it after I hit my drive on the [par-five] 16th – ‘oh, no, it’s coming’. You know, if I hit it in the water again, it would have been tough to come back.”

The celebration that followed was brilliant to watch. The world number 31 battled to shoot a 68 on the last day and earn himself some crucial Ryder Cup points. He showed a touch of fight and class to come back from one of the lowest moments of his career.

2. Ken Duke behaving like a nutter

It was great to see him shoot 65 on Saturday when everyone else struggled. Jason Day described it as worthy of the course record, which is a very fair statement when you consider the day’s average was 75.

Ken is a charismatic player with a legendary celebration which was on show throughout the weekend. Pocketing $500,000 for finishing T3 was definitely an excuse to whip out his trademark fist pump. He gained some fame for his shout of “that is what I’m talking about” two years ago. It’s not difficult to see why the 47-year-old is a fan favourite, he was still attempting to graduate from the Nationwide Tour in 2011, now he’s earning half mills with the big boys!

 

1. The return of Sawgrass’ diving turtle

The snapping turtle is becoming a bit of a legend during The Players, although still needs to work on its rotation.