Martin Laird was 2-under and in a tie for second place at the British Open. Then he played the third hole.
Laird got into trouble off the tee, hitting his ball into the thick rough. Instead of chipping out into the fairway, he made an attempt to go at the green and ended up shanking his ball over the spectators and into even thicker rough on the right. While Laird's ball was found, he was forced to take an unplayable lie.
Laird was able to take a drop on a dirt cart path, giving him a decent lie for his fourth shot, but it didn't matter as his next shot once again found deep rough.
He attempted to punch his ball out of the rough, but was unsuccessful as the ball barely moved. Instead of another attempt at hacking it out, Laird took his second unplayable lie of the hole.
His seventh shot finally found the green on the Par 4, but it rolled well beyond the pin. A two-putt later and Laird was in with a nine dropping him from 2-under and one stroke off the lead to 3-over and six off the lead.
Muirfield is playing slightly easier on Saturday, but as Laird's third hole proved, it still has plenty of bite.