No one would have blamed Ryuji Imada for not trying to find his tee shot at Pebble Beach’s par-3 seventh on Friday. It had gone long — too long for the 103-yard shot — and fallen off a cliff toward the ocean. As is turns out, ice plants had held the ball up from a slide into the water.
Imada found his ball on steep sidehill, however, and decided to play it. He managed to somehow swing the club, hit the ball and remain upright as the ball landed just off the green but safe from the ocean. Then for his third shot, Imada simply chipped the ball in for a routine par.
Imada shot 2-over 74 at Pebble on Friday, but he made the par of a lifetime.