It’ll happen when you least expect it: the horrifying shank. Darren Clarke is its most recent victim.
Playing in the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic Thursday, Clarke attempted a flop shot over a bunker on the 14th hole at Emirates Golf Club. Unfortunately for him, his wedge didn’t slide under the ball. Rather, it blade-shanked his ball hard right of the green and into a different bunker.
The video below shows Clarke’s mishap, but also explains a bit of the situation. He was forced to carry some fairway, then the bunker before landing it to a very short strip of green before the hole. Not an easy shot, to be sure.
Clarke would get up and down from there for a bogey, and earn some post-round chiding from his playing partner and good buddy Thomas Bjorn.
Always fun to play with my pal @DarrenClarke60 - unfortunately, the mood was slightly different a few holes later!! Back on it tomorrow pic.twitter.com/wAS1bsEw0w — Thomas Bjørn (@thomasbjorngolf) February 2, 2017