Gary Woodland nearly buried his PGA Championship hopes in sand with a triple bogey horror show in the bunkers on Saturday but dug himself out of trouble to remain in contention for a first major title, BBC reports.
Having grabbing the lead at Bellerive Country Club with a record-equalling halfway score, Woodland's hard work was nearly undone at the par four 10th where his approach found a greenside sand trap.
It all went terribly wrong from there as his bunker shot sailed over the green and into the sand trap on the opposite side.
Woodland tried to blast his way out again, only to watch his ball land back in the original bunker and roll to a stop in his footprint after the sand trap had not been raked.
His third attempt was hardly text-book but the ball did manage to hang onto the greenside fringe, allowing Woodland to finally card a seven and slump to three-over for the round.
His preceding hole, the par four ninth, had also been marred by a bogey, and the total four-stroke hit in two holes could have put him in a tailspin.