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This year has generated plenty of headlines that we never expected to write. This, though, might be the most ‘out there’ of the lot.

Playing in the final round of the Hero Open at the Forest of Arden, European Tour pro Joel Sjoholm hit his second shot on the par-5 17th onto a tiny, man-made island positioned in the middle of a water hazard.

For most golfers, that would be the cue to reload… but not Sjoholm. 

Instead, the 35-year-old Chile-born Swede grabbed four clubs, jumped in a row boat moored next to the hazard and set off in pursuit of his ball. 

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Luckily, TV cameras were on-hand to capture the brilliantly surreal moment, which was subsequently relayed by the European Tour’s Twitter account. 

Watch what happened…

The plus-four loving Sjoholm ultimately made bogey on the hole en route to a closing 73 and a tie for 22nd. 

England’s Sam Horsfield held off Belgian Thomas Detry by one shot to win his first European Tour title. 

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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