Playing the par-5 15th hole at TPC Scottsdale in the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Friday, Justin Thomas found himself directly behind a tree for his second shot after a wayward drive.
Using an 8-iron to attempt a pitch back out into the fairway, Thomas snapped the club against the tree on his follow through. He was, however, able to advance his ball just short of the fairway and went on to make a par.
Here's a look at the shot:
Because Thomas damaged his club in the course of play, he is allowed to replace it under the rules of golf.
Rule 4-3a: If a player's club is damaged in the normal course of play, he has three options. One, he can continue to use the club for the remainder of the round. Two, he can repair it or have it repaired without unduly delaying play. Three, if the club is unfit for play, he can replace the damaged club with any club, with three caveats: you can't borrow a club from anyone playing the course, you can't fix it by carrying around spare parts and you can't delay play while making the switch.