If Henrik Stenson goes on to win the gold medal in golf’s return to the Olympics, one shot he’s likely to remember most was a putt to save par from 108 feet.
Incredibly, it isn’t the longest putt ever by an Olympian.
That golden moment belongs to _ who else? _ swimmer Michael Phelps. He was playing with Paul Casey in the 2013 Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland. On the sixth hole at Kingsbarns, the most-decorated Olympian made a roller-coaster ride of a putt estimated at 153 feet.
Still, putts of more than 100 feet are incredibly rare even on the PGA Tour. It has been more than five years since anyone made a putt of over 100 feet in a PGA Tour event. Stenson's putt was the longest measured by the PGA Tour since Craig Barlow rolled one in from 112 feet at the Buick Open in 2008.
But it will be hard to top the two putts Stenson made Friday on consecutive holes in Friday’s second round at the Olympic Golf Course.
Playing in the wind and rain, he needed a 4-wood to reach the green on the second hole and made a 60-foot birdie putt. Then, after hitting into the water on the next hole, he still had a full 4-wood just to reach the front part of the green.
Then came the 108-footer.
"You're just standing there, praying for a two-putt bogey. Before I know it, it found the bottom of the cup," Stenson said. "That's the longest putt I've made in my career. First of all, it's hard to get a putt that long on any green in the world."
Not many people will see his amazing shot, however. TV cameras were focused on his two playing partners in the bunker as Stenson hit his shot, Golf Digest reported.
The Swede, who won the British Open last month in record fashion, is in third place in the Olympic tournament, two shots off the lead held by Marcus Fraser of Australia.