Adam Scott continues extraordinary heroics on the infamous 17th at TPC Sawgrass

For the first three days of THE PLAYERS Championship the Aussie has knocked his tee-shot virtually stiff on the hole that is giving his rivals nightmares

When those deep in contention get to TPC Sawgrass' infamous 17th hole on Sunday, a smart strategy would be to make a quick phone call to Adam Scott.

Better still, they'd get him to hit the tee shot.

While THE PLAYERS Championship's signature hole has witnessed more carnage than usual this year - balls splashing into the water at an alarming rate on day one - the Aussie has made a mockery of the short but nerve-shredding par 3.

Thursday: Birdie

Friday: Birdie

Saturday: Birdie

No worries mate. What's all the fuss about?

Not only that, Scott hasn't just found dry land and got lucky with his putter: he's peppered the pin.

Here's how ShotLink recorded his three birdies at 17:

Round 1: Shot 1: 144 yards to green, 19 in. to hole, Shot 2: in the hole

Round 2: Shot 1: 144 yards to green, 20 in. to hole, Shot 2: in the hole

Round 3: Shot 3: 121 yards to green, 2ft, 6 in. to hole, Shot 2: in the hole

That's an incredible set of 2's: Scott has basically left himself a trio of tap-ins (you can see his Saturday shot in the highlights below).

Now can he complete the set when the pin is moved to the front, right portion of the green on Sunday?

Or can he do even better? Given what he's done so far, an ace isn't out of the question and Sky Bet offer 18/1 for any player to have a hole-in-one at 17 on Sunday. It's 9/1 for a hole-in-one at any par 3.

If Scott can put another '2' on his card, the former Masters champion would become the third player to record bridies on all four days, joining Paul Azinger in 1987 and Kyle Stanley in 2017.

It's impressive that two have managed it but no player has ever taken on the flag quite like Scott.

Balls in the water at 17

Thursday's TV coverage was punctuated by looks of despair on the 17th tee as player after player found the wet stuff.

In all, 35 balls ended in the water, the most on day one since 2007 when 50 perished.

The green at 17 has been relaid so the extra bounce common after such renovation definitely played a part. Time and time again on Thursday, a tee shot landed on the green, took a huge bounce and ended in a watery grave.

It seemed unfair at times and the green was watered for the second round. It made a difference with the water count dropping to 13. It reduced again to just eight on Saturday although there were obviously far less players after the cut.

The 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass
The 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass

It means the current count is 56 and rising. Only once since 2008 has it been higher and, of course, there's still the final round to play.

The average for balls in water on Sunday is a shade under 10. Those in contention will be desperate that they don't contribute to it.

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