When you're Tiger Woods, you take the good and you take the bad. The good was documented and celebrated for two decades, but his comeback attempt has seemingly documented plenty of the bad. Or even misfortunate. Like this.
This shot was captured on by Fox Sports during TV coverage on the eighth hole, a hole Woods would actually par. He had four bogeys and no birdies through eight holes Thursday and will have his work cut out for him next 27 holes to try to stick around for the weekend.
With his ball at the bottom of deep fescue rough, Woods takes a full hack at it. But as the club bottoms out and hits the ground, watch what happens:
It appears Woods either lets go of the club at that point, or it twists out of his grip. Either way, the club flew several yards behind Tiger, landing about the same time Tiger's ball reached the fairway.
Was Woods' reaction possibly related to the pain he suffered when he struck a tree root with a shot back in the Masters in March? Certainly that would stick in your mind the next time you're faced with a similar predicament, although Woods -- through his agent -- claimed he had suffered no injury.
If anything, the unusual shot finally seemed to settle Woods down. He went on to save par, then added another at the par-3 ninth. Unfortunately, four early bogeys put Woods in a hole, and he made the turn at 4-over 39.