When trying to thread the needle backfires

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Golfers are a stubborn people. They'll do just about anything to save strokes on the course even if it risks bodily harm.
By T.J. Auclair
PGA.com
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Tuesday, December 06, 2016 | 8:52 a.m.

Whether you're the No. 1 player in the world or the world's biggest hacker, there's one thing we all have in common: We hate dropping unnecessary shots.

Rather than take our medicine in a lot of cases that call for it, we'll instead try to hit that "hero" shot. A ball half-submerged in water? No problem -- did you see what Bill Haas did at the Tour Championship with 10 million bucks on the line? Stuck in the pine straw with obstructions everywhere? Ummm... remember what Phil Mickelson did at the Masters on No. 13? Trees are in your way? No problem. I can find that small window that the pros always seem to find.

After all, trees are 90 percent air.

Unfortunately for one young man, he found himself faced with one of those "thread the needle" and "put it through the uprights" type shots. Surprise, surprise, it didn't go quite like it does for the golfers playing on our TVs every weekend.

Here's what happened:

You think this guy will think twice next time he's in a spot like that? I think it's safe to say he'll be punching out. 

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.