Bernhard Langer cards a 10 after run-in with lava rocks

Bernhard Langer
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Bernhard Langer's 2015 season got off to a rocky start at the Mitsubishi Electric Challenge.
By John Holmes
PGA.com

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Friday, January 23, 2015 | 10:46 p.m.
On Friday afternoon, we saw Zach Johnson hit one of the most memorably worst shots of his career when he got tangled up with some rocks en route to a double bogey at the Humana Challenge. A few hours later in Hawaii, Bernhard Langer saw Johnson's double and raised him three more shots – thanks to his own detour into some rocks.
 
Langer – the defending champion at the Champions Tour's Mitsubishi Electric Championship – hit his second shot into the lava rocks just off the right side of the fairway on the par-5 seventh hole at Hualalai. Several painful minutes later, he walked off the nearby green with a quintuple-bogey 10. 
 
When Langer found his ball in the hardened lava, it was well below his feet but was sitting up on the rocks. He took a cut and apparently missed the ball. He made contact on his next swing, but the ball hit the rocks and bounced backward into even deeper trouble in the thigh-high wispy grass.
 
 
His next swing left him in roughly the same position, and he finally knocked his ball onto the green with his next shot. Just one thing – he double-hit the ball, and immediately called the one-stroke penalty on himself.
 
That left him facing a 50-foot putt, and he rolled his ball past the hole on the right side. He banged that putt home from six feet, but the damage was done – Langer had been 3 under through six holes, but found himself 2 over after the disastrous seventh. He went on to shoot an even-par 72 and finish the first round of the 2015 season six shots behind leader Rocco Mediate.  
 
UPDATE: Langer's score on the hole led to considerable confusion both during and after the round. Both the Golf Channel announcers and the graphic that the channel displayed indicated that Langer made a 9, and the text accompanying the video clip on both YouTube and the PGA Tour website still say he made a 9. His scorecard on the PGA Tour website also said 9, but at some point later was changed to 10. As of the end of Saturday's second round, there is no explanation on the site as to where the 10th stroke came from. 
 
In any case, the most shocking hole of Langer's senior career came less than a day after a ceremonial dinner in which he received the four big trophies he earned last season. Those trophies were for winning the 2014 Schwab Cup and the money title, and posting the lowest scoring average and being named the Player of the Year. 
 
Here's the video of a hole Langer will never forget: