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17 November 2019 14:33

But shanks are rarely good golf shots.

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All that is to say that shanks are bad, but also memorable — and occasionally beautiful. But shanks are rarely good golf shots. They're rarely productive to your score. Russell Knox hoseling one into the water on No. 17 at TPC Sawgrass didn't do his result at the Players any favors, nor did Justin Thomas showing that you actually kind of can shank a driver off the deck. But on Saturday at the Nedbank Golf Challenge, we witnessed a shank that was bad but also good.

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Could this be the greatest shank in golf history?

Very, very good. Joachim Hansen was facing down a bunker shot at No. 6 on Saturday when he knifed his ball dead right. But the bank of the bunker was positioned so perfectly that the ball banked off it, took the proper amount of speed and redirected the ball towards the hole. Check out the video below. "Oh, Christopher Columbus," the announcer says as Hansen's shot rolls closer and closer. It's the only appropriate response.

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