Hunter Mahan tries to locate his ball on the par-4 15th.
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- One minute, Hunter Mahan was moving up the leaderboard. The next, he was looking up at a tree.
Mahan's tee shot on the par-4 15th hole sailed left and into the trees Saturday. The only problem was, it never came down.
Mahan identified the ball through the help of binoculars and was forced to take a drop before eventually making double bogey on the hole.
"The wind started really blowing," he said. "I was hoping it would blow my ball out."
Mahan birdied the next hole, but gave it right back with a bogey on the par-3 17th, where he three-putted from just inside 30 feet after barely reaching the island green.
On 18, the weirdness continued. His drive settled up against the side of the cart path. Mahan was allowed relief and went to make par, capping a 71 to get within four of the lead.
Said Mahan: "It was the wildest last four holes."
But four he was able to get in before the horn sounded.