If there was a defining moment in Tiger Woods' first round of the Greenbrier Classic on Thursday, it came on his walk to the seventh hole.
Woods had tallied four birdies and one bogey heading to the sixth hole -- his 14th of the day. He already had tallied four birdies and avoided any bogeys except for one on No. 17. But his strong day could have come undone when his shot from the bunker went well over the green and led to a double bogey to fall back to 1-under.
Instead of unravelling, Woods responded with a birdie on 430-yard, par-4 No. 7. That helped spark a run of three consecutive birdies to wrap up his round at 4-under-par 66.
His ending to the round showed the importance of being able to move past one bad hole. Granted, that's easier said than done, but it is possible according to Nathan W. Joseph, a PGA Professional at Bethesda Country Club.
"In a situation like that when you're under pressure and need to finish your round on a high note, you have to think back to shots from either that round or prior rounds," Joseph said. "You have to find something that will help you when you're under pressure."
Of course, it also helps to get a bit fortunate at those times. Woods got one during that round-closing hot streak as his putt on No. 8 ran slightly past the cup, then hung on the lip for a brief second before falling in.
The biggest difference between Woods' outcomes on No. 6 and the rest of his day? His ability to accurately hit his tee shot. On the sixth, Woods hit his drive 325 yards and was stuck in the rough, about 150 yards away from the hole. His second shot left him in a greenside bunker, and in a fight just to save par.
After that point, Woods never placed his opening shot more than six yards away from the hole. That helped ensure that he didn't two-putt and helped him raise his total to seven birdies on the day.
And if you do find yourself in a bad situation like Tiger was on No. 6 -- and let's face it, who won't be? -- it's always a good idea to review that hole after your round so that you can (hopefully) avoid a repeat in the future.