The Players: Robert MacIntyre nails ‘impossible’ wrong-handed chip at iconic par-three 17th

Robert MacIntyre has wasted little time in getting comfortable at The Players by holing a seemingly near-impossible shot at TPC Sawgrass’ most iconic hole.

MacIntyre is making his debut at the PGA Tour’s flagship event this week after breaking into the world’s top 50, just a week on from making his first regular PGA Tour start at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

The par-three 17th at TPC Sawgrass has seen many memorable moments through the years and been a pivotal hole in past Players Championship victories, with the ‘island green’ giving plenty for players to think about.

MacIntyre elected to try something different on the hole during a practice round, with the Scot switching from his traditional left-handed swing to try a much tougher shot with a right-handed club.

Faced with an unorthodox stance and with his back to the flag, MacIntyre struck his pitch from the narrow walkway next to the green towards the pin, similar to how Matt Kuchar memorably did during the 2015 contest.

Here's the backhand shot Matt Kuchar had to play on No. 17 today. #QuickHits

MacIntyre then raised his club in celebration after unexpectedly holing his effort, unlike Kuchar, with the chip-in bring cheers from the limited crowds around the 17th hole. The world No 43 MacIntyre now hopes he can achieve more success on the par-three when the tournament begins on Thursday.

“I caught it a bit thin!” MacIntyre admitted to the PGA Tour after the hole-out. “It was going a bit too fast, but the pin was there to help us!

"I've never hit that shot in my life."


“Just holding it on the green is a great shot from there, but you try and hole it and now and again you get lucky. I’ve never hit that shot in my life!

“I was the lucky one as I managed to hole it, but he (Kuchar) did it in the heat of the battle. I wouldn’t take that shot on ever, but you hole them every now and again!”

Click on the video above to see MacIntyre’s Sawgrass magic!

Watch the Players Championship throughout the week on Sky Sports’ dedicated channel – Sky Sports The Players! Live coverage begins on Thursday March 11 from 11.30am.

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