Charlie Wi gave new meaning to the term ''going backward'' Sunday in the Transitions Championship.
Three straight shots caromed off a tree and went behind him and onto the practice range at Innisbrook. It led to a 13 on the par-5 fifth hole, the second straight week on the PGA Tour that someone made an octuple-bogey.
''It was pretty easy,'' said Wi, still able to laugh about such a high score.
His troubles began with a tee shot into the right rough. There was a wood chip next to the ball, which caused his 6-iron to come out to the right into the trees. From there, Wi had a tree in front of him with a trunk about 3 feet high until it split into two limbs, leaving a 4-foot gap.
Wi tried to hit 5-iron through the gap, but it struck the tree and went onto the range. He tried it again and got the same result.
''I said, `OK, that's not getting up. Give me the 6-iron,''' he said.
He hit the tree and saw a third ball go back onto the practice range.
''It was right next to the range. ...