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Brian Henninger really picked the wrong time to shank a tee shot into the lake

May 21, 2015

Brian Henninger was one of the subjects of John Feinstein's classic 1996 book* A Good Walk Spoiled*. Unfortunately for the 52-year-old journeyman, that title also sums up his Thursday, thanks to one horrific shot.

Late in his first round at the Senior PGA Championship, Henninger arrived on the seventh hole (he played the back nine first at the Pete Dye Course in French Lick, Indiana) at one under par and in a share of the lead on a difficult day for scoring. And then. . . he did. . . (gulp). . . this:

"Looked like a shank." Actually, the coldest of cold shanks by Senior PGA leader Brian Henninger. > #sympathy > — Geoff Shackelford (@GeoffShac) > May 21, 2015

Henninger settled himself to make a double bogey, but the two-time PGA Tour winner added a bogey on the ninth hole to shoot a two-over-par 74. There are plenty of holes to go in the tournament, but that could sting -- especially in the hands -- for a bit.