There's nothing professional golfers hate more than taking penalty strokes for unplayable lies.
If there's any chance of advancing the ball without taking an unplayable, players will do it -- remember that time Sergio Garcia hit one out of a tree?
Anyway, back to Thursday and the first round of the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, where World No. 2 Rory McIlroy, the defending champion, found himself struggling mightily.
After notching his first two birdies of the day at the 14th and 15th holes to get to 2 over for the day, McIlroy made his way to the par-4 16th. It looked like his approach shot may have found a watery grave. But, as he arrived at the green, McIlroy found that he actually still had a shot since the ball wasn't completely submerged.
The first attempt wasn't pretty, but the second effort was solid:
McIlroy would walk away with a double-bogey 6. He birdied his final hole for a 3-over 75. That has him tied for 55th in the 60-man field.
Going lefty wasn't an option for the two shots above, something McIlroy proved he could do at the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in 2014: