Darren Clarke stone-cold shanks attempted flop shot

Darren Clarke
Even a player of Darren Clarke's caliber can struggle with a flop shot every now and again.
By T.J. Auclair
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Thursday, February 02, 2017 | 10:55 a.m.

A flop shot from a tight lie is one of the most difficult shots in golf to pull off.

If you execute it, you look like a magician.

If you don't, you look like former Open Champion and 2016 European Ryder Cup Captain Darren Clarke did in Dubai on Thursday during the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic.

Playing the 14th hole, a 434-yard par 4, Clarke faced a third shot from a tight spot in the fairway that needed to travel over a bunker and stop pretty quickly to finish anywhere close to the hole.

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Here's what happened...



Hosel Rocket City, population Darren Clarke.

Ouch. But, we've all been there, haven't we?

Clarke would bogey the hole, which means he got up and down from the bunker. 

T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.