Over on 18, Dustin Johnson followed suit, albeit a little less dramatically. He wasn't about to wake up early and come back for one hole on Saturday.
Johnson described why his group of Jason Day (-6) and Henrik Stenson (+2) each wanted to finish their round before play was suspended for the day.
Pampling was so concerned to get his tee shot off before the horn and allow his group to complete the round that he quickly walked right into his tee shot. And DJ is like, "I'll do it".
He said: "On 17 I was off the green and we were talking about if we can get a tee shot on 18, we could finish the round".
Added Day: "I do remember finishing in the dark a lot when I was a kid, not thinking that I was going to be running down the 18th hole at a major championship".
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So rather than wait for the horn to blow to play one hole Saturday morning and be cut, Pampling chose to take one for the team.
Pampling was not that upset, however, as he had no chance of making the cut.
Pampling had some fun giving his playing partners Thomas Pieters and Xander Schauffele, who were both likely to miss the cut as well, the choice to finish their rounds by channeling famous movie character Happy Gilmore for his approach to the swing.
However, as the shot tracker revealed, the veteran Aussie hit a low duck-hook which careered into the trees on the left, although he cared not a jot as he eventually tapped in for a double-bogey and a round of 79.