Haotong Li’s second day at his first Masters tournament wasn’t going so well. After finding himself among the leaders after a stellar 3-under performance in the opening round, Li had struggled to tame the famed Augusta National course, posting a 6-over score on the front nine to drop him off the first page of the leaderboard.
But then came the 10th hole — and some much needed relief for Li.
His first birdie of the day came on a one-bounce chip-in, and the young golfer’s exuberant club toss after realizing where his ball had landed said everything about how badly he needed a win. On its own, it’s a play about the cruelty and greatness of golf in four acts:
Or, in GIF form:
Li is awesome, because Li is all of us, the casual golfers who understand the pain of back-to-back double bogeys and the instant wonder of a dead-nuts shot that makes you love golf again and flip your pitching wedge to the random chaos of the heavens above.
He’s currently tied for 26th at the Masters with a score of 1-over, which makes him decidedly less one of us, however.