They say that if you don’t like the weather outside, just wait five minutes. It seems PGA Tour pro Sung Kang never got that memo.
The 30-year-old South Korean was in contention on Sunday at the Quicken Loans National, sitting just one stroke off the lead with three holes to play at Maryland’s TPC Potomac. He was lining up a four-foot birdie putt on the 16th green when the once blue sky opened up and began to pour rain.
The problem was that neither Kang nor his caddie had packed any rain gear. The two were soaked within a matter of seconds, and Kang missed the four-footer — and his chance to take the lead — shortly thereafter, adding insult to injury.
“It said zero per cent of rain all day,” Kang told CBS after his round. “Like no chance of thunderstorms at all.”
He’s not wrong. The archived forecast for TPC Potomac didn’t call for a single inch of precipitation, according to Weather Underground. But any golfer knows that you need to prepare for the worst when out on the course, and Kang paid the price for not doing so.
From there, Kang’s round quickly deteriorated. He plunked his tee shot into the water on the par-3 17th, incurring a one-stroke penalty. Still drenched, the normally composed Kang had an appropriate reaction.
Then he took his third shot from the drop zone, only to watch it sail 30 feet past the hole and into the rough. He managed to bail himself out with a solid recovery shot, but he still suffered a double bogey, squashing his bid at a first career PGA Tour win.
Kang ended up tying for fifth, three strokes behind eventual champion Kyle Stanley. He still came away with his third top 10 of the season, but you have to wonder what might have been if he’d brought a pullover.