WATCH: The Worst Shots From the 2021 Tour Championship Featuring Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, and Others

Published 09/07/2021, 9:30 AM EDT
Golf – The Masters – Augusta National Golf Club – Augusta, Georgia, U.S. – April 9, 2021 Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy reacts on the 16th green during the second round REUTERS/Mike Segar


The 2020-21 PGA Tour season has come to an end, with Patrick Cantlay being crowned as the FedExCup Champion. He won the final Tour Championship event with a stroke difference and earned the $15 million bonus. Meanwhile, Jon Rahm finished the event at -20 and a runner-up position.

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We always see Tour pros flushing their clubs, and we feel like doing the same while playing. However, most leisure golfers or even amateur golfers hit poor shots more often. But this time, in the 2021 Tour Championship, there were quite a few poor shots from players like Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, and others. And why not? After all, even they are humans. So here are a few best of the worst strokes from the 2021 Tour Championship. 

All the best of the worst shots from the 2021 Tour Championship

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Apr 29, 2021; Palm Harbor, Florida, USA; Justin Thomas reacts after missing a putt for birdie on the 7th green during the first round of the Valspar Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

We always feel a huge difference between an amateur golfer and a professional golfer. However, if we keep the experience aside, the only difference is that pros can handle bad shots way better than amateurs or leisure golfers. And as Dr. Bob Rotella, a renowned Sports Psychologist has said, “Golf is about how well you accept, respond to, and score with your misses, much more so than it is a game of your perfect shots.” 

Hence, there is not much of a difference between professionals and amateurs. So the pros… they are just like us! And to support this statement, here are a few worst shots, including shanks, slices, hooks, chunks, pulls, three-putts, duffs, blocks, and more from the recent Tour Championship. 

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Moreover, these shots were played by top professional golfers, including the Tour Championship winner. Here are a few prominent names with some poor shots last week.

  1. Jordan Spieth  
  2. Rory McIlroy
  3. Dustin Johnson
  4. Bryson DeChambeau
  5. Patrick Reed
  6. Justin Thomas
  7. Patrick Cantlay
  8. Jon Rahm
  9. Tony Finau
  10. Viktor Hovland

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So, next time you are on a golf course and feel terrible about a poor shot, remember that even these top names who make millions by playing this sport make the same mistakes. However, the only thing that separates them is the frequency and the way they recover after a horrendous shot.  

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Amey Kulkarni

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Amey Kulkarni is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in mass media. Before joining EssentiallySports he used to write articles on Golf and Cricket on his personal blog cricgolf.

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