Tiger Woods presented himself with a real problem in the third round here at the Augusta Masters in Georgia, when he inadvertently broke his arm whilst trying to carve his way out of some trees after a wayward drive at the 15th.
Having hooked his tee shot into dense forest, the four-time champion decided to attempt a very tricky shot by rebounding his ball, pinball-like, off five trees and back out onto the fairway. The shot went disastrously wrong.
Woods upper body power was too much for the shot, and the club, a 4-iron, twisted in his grip, and, as he tried in vain to regain control of it, pulled his right arm out of its socket, and it fell to the ground.
Visibly upset and in some pain, Mr Woods then had to play his next shot one-handed with his weak left arm, and having sunk his 8-foot putt for a bogey, had to call the course doctor for treatment.
He was able to carry on for the rest of his round, posting a 2 over par 74, but will have to wait and see if the swelling goes down before he can make any decision on whether he will complete his final round Sunday.