The 17th at the Old Course at St. Andrews -- the Road Hole -- is one of the most recognizable holes in all of golf.
It can also be one of the most excruciating... a fact that world No. 1 Rory McIlroy learned the hard way during Sunday's final round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
McIlroy's second shot came up well short of the green on the 17th hole. No problem -- a pitch and a putt to save par, you might think.
But that's the beauty of links golf, especially at the game's birthplace. There are so many options, and usually the wisest of those options is to keep the ball low. So, even though he was 40 yards off the green, McIlroy elected to putt.
The only thing standing between McIlroy and the hole? The hellish Road Hole Bunker.
Here's McIlroy -- the best player in the world today -- doing what we would most likely do faced with a similar predicament:
That's right -- the best player in the world putted his ball into the Road Hole Bunker.
Though he got up and down from the bunker for an admirable bogey, it was a costly blunder. McIlroy finished in a tie for second, one shot behind winner Oliver Wilson.