Late last year Tiger Woods eclipsed the $100,000,000 mark in earnings on the PGA Tour. He’s played 300 PGA events, won 78, finished in the top-ten more than 60% of the time, and is cumulatively more than 2,000 under par.
Yet his greatest record might be that he has played the weekend 280 times in those 300 events (17 missed cuts, 3 WDs). That’s 280 cuts made, 280 checks, many of which were of the first-place-large-happy-gilmore-style variety.
For most professional golfers, the first objective each week is to make the cut, the second is to try and win. Miss the cut and you miss out and making money.
For example at this year’s Players Championship, Phil Mickelson shot rounds of 70 and 75 to miss the cut by one, netting $0 for his efforts.
Jonas Blixt shot rounds of 69 and 75 to make the cut on the number. He struggled on the weekend with rounds of 76 and 77, finishing last… but with a check for $17,670 in his pocket.
You get the idea, weekends = money.
Therefore each Friday during the golf season usually has its fair share of heartbreak or triumphant stories of players falling either side of the cut line. Today was no different.
You’d be forgiven for not knowing the name Australia’s Andrew Dodt. Sitting a lowly 561st in the world, Dodt has one European Tour win in his career and has made just 3 cuts in 6 events in 2013.
A first round 77 at the Nordea Masters Thursday signaled an uphill battle for Dodt to play the weekend and earn a much needed check.
However, cometh the hour, cometh the man!
Dodt parred his first hole Friday, then the excitement began. He stood on the 175-yard 11th holes (his second hole) with a 6-iron in his hand and hit a little draw. His ball drew like he planned, and if a basketball commentator was in the booth they’d say it “hit nothing but net” as his ball landed in the hole and stayed there for a slam dunk hole-in-one, the 8th of his career.
Dodt continued his early momentum to card four birdies and just two bogies over the next 13 holes and arrive at the 208 yard 7th hole at 4-under par, still three shots out of playing the weekend.
He struck his 8-iron, in his words, “a little bit heavy”, yet watched as it landed, rolled, and dropped into the hole for his second hole-in-one of the round (and of course the 9th of his career!).
(Before you ask, two holes-in-one in one round? It has been done once before on a major Tour as Yusaku Miyazato achieved the at 2006 PGA Tour Reno-Tahoe Open)
Despite the amazingly rare, double-ace round, Dodt was still on the wrong side of the cut on the 9th tee (his 18th hole). He teed up on the par-5 ninth hole one shot out of the weekend, needing a birdie to at least earn a paycheck. A paycheck that would be much-needed considering it’s customary to buy everyone in the clubhouse a drink if you make one hole-in-one. The bar was probably filling up with players eager to order a double!
But alas, this story has a happy ending. With luck clearly on his side, Dodt birdied the last and made the cut, on the number.
9 pars, 4 birdies, 2 bogies, 2 holes-in-one and a paycheck on the way.
Today Andrew, we tip our cap to you.