Runner-up Goydos finishes as he starts, with heart firmly on sleeve

Updated: May 13, 2008, 12:23 PM ET
By Jason Sobel | ESPN.com

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Paul Goydos stepped into The Greatest Amphitheater in Golf, aka the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass, shoulders slumped, usual frown on his stubbly face, plain ol' Long Beach State cap plopped on his head.

He checked the wind, chose his club, took a swing and … splash! The ball caromed off the ultra-firm putting surface and into the awaiting blue lagoon, joining the other 120,000 tee shots that annually meet their demise here in the form of a watery grave.


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