PGA Tour pro bounces shot off Ernie Els' caddie
Charley Hoffman got a bit of help from Ernie Els' caddie to keep a wild recovery shot at Congressional Country Club in the first cut. Hoffman's drive at the par-4 fourth hole landed behind a tree, and he simply punched the ball up the fairway - but it ran through to the left side and would have traveled into the rough if not for an assist from Els' caddie.
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Charley Hoffman uses Ernie Els' caddie to his advantage. https://t.co/GMbtoXcoZh
Had Hoffman struck his own caddie he would have been hit with a two-stroke penalty, but he's allowed to play the ball as it lies after banking it off a competitor or their caddie.
Later in the round, Hoffman got a miraculous series of bounces to avoid the water hazard on the par-5 sixth hole. Trying to reach the green in two, Hoffman hit his approach short of the green - but the ball bounced off some rocks and, instead of flying backward, flew clear to the other side of the green, hitting another rock and eventually finding safety.