Barnes Hits Majestic Protracer Shank at the Nelson


There’s a saying in golf that preaches “the golf ball doesn’t know who’s hitting it.” This axiom is normally a reassurance for an amateur to help them understand that if they make a good swing, the golf ball will react the same way it would if a professional Tour player was the one hitting it. 

Of course, that saying goes both ways, as Ricky Barnes found out on Friday at the AT&T Byron Nelson. Coming off of an opening-round 6-under par 64, Barnes came crashing back to the pack on day two with a 5-over par 75. 

Playing the par-3 17th hole, his eighth of the day, Barnes hit a majestic — if a shank can be described as such — hosel rocket right of the green and even right of the lake that fronts the right side of the green.

Unluckily for Ricky, the 17th is one of the signature holes at the TPC Four Seasons Resort, which means that the folks at NBC and Golf Channel set up a Trackman to show Protracer. 

Barnes finished the day at 1-under par, 11 strokes back of 36-hole leader Jason Kokrak.


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