Pro Helicopter-Throws Wedge After Bunker Shot

Dominic Bozzelli has had a rough go of things so far in 2020.

The fourth-year PGA Tour pro has missed two of his first three cuts of 2020 after a solid fall campaign that was highlighted by a T6 finish at the Sanderson Farms Championship in September.

Playing this week in the Puerto Rico Open opposite the WGC-Mexico Championship, Bozzelli got off to a good start playing the front nine of Grand Reserve Country Club in 2-under par before birdie his first two holes on the back nine to move into contention.

However, disaster struck and frustration boiled over on the par-4 12th. 

Bozzelli missed the green on the 465-yard hole, leaving himself with what the announcers called “a pretty straight-forward” bunker shot. With some wind in his face and ample green to work with, Bozzelli knifed the ball out of the bunker and across the green.

Before the ball could land, however, Bozzelli’s club took flight causing the familiar “whoop whoop” helicopter sound that frequent club throwers will instinctively recognize.

As the camera panned to locate the ball, Bozzelli’s club came to rest some 40 yards away near the cart path.

“That is just a major mistake,” the announcer commented, making no mention of the club throw. 

Bozzelli would go on to make double-bogey on the hole en route to playing his final 7 holes in 3-over par to drop from what would have been a top-15 position heading into Friday down to tied for 52nd place, seven shots back of first-round leader Kyle Stanley.