GolfOnline’s The Good, The Bad and the LOL's of Golf 2017

by Maura Hutchinson

Lexi Thompson loses the ANA Inspiration after a viewer phones in a penalty.

Halfway through her final round of the ANA Inspiration in April, American golfer Lexi Thompson was informed she was being given a four-stroke penalty stemming from an incident that occurred the day before during her third round. The 22-year-old, who at the time of notification was leading by 2-strokes, looked stunned and asked “Is this a joke?” As she now realised she was actually 2-shots off the lead.

Despite her initial shock, Thompson managed to compose herself and carry on playing. But three birdies in her last six holes still wasn’t enough to overcome the penalty and forced her into a sudden death playoff with So Yeon Ryu that she lost.

Jason Dufner has a “wardrobe malfunction” at the Tour Championship

Jason Dufner is a golfer known for not taking himself too seriously but back in September the major winner was left a bit red-faced after splitting his trousers on the green.

Sergio Garcia finally secures a major win

After 74 appearances Sergio Garcia finally won a major title at the 2017 Masters. Beating England’s Justin Rose in a sudden death playoff to finish at 9-under-par. The victory was even sweeter as the TaylorMade player won on what would have been his mentor Seve Ballesteros’ 60th birthday.

Si-Woo Shakin’ that *ss

Professional golfers are used to playing under pressure. But imagine the added pressure when you are surrounded by fans who sometimes decide to chant random things at you. Here’s our favourite moment from this year’s President’s Cup.

Tiger’s Positive Return…

November brought the much-anticipated return of Tiger Woods with the 41-year-old playing in the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. After 10 months out of competitive play the 14-time major winner didn’t do too badly, finishing T9 in a field of 18 of the game’s strongest players. But our favourite part of his return – the social media craze that ensued!