There are a multitude of fear-inducing holes in golf, and playing the game itself presents plenty of nightmare scenarios and shots. But, with Halloween upon us, we'd be remiss in failing to mention the sport's most sinister aspect: those dreadful, uninvited thoughts that rear their ugly head. Golf is a mental game...a mental game that can spook the bejesus out of us. Here are the scariest thoughts in golf.
Rory McIlroy grabbing his back after a drive
Between soccer injuries and equipment-testing issues, the man has suffered enough. We just want to seem him play at full strength, dammit.
The pro watching your first tee shot
The de facto patriarch of the club. And if you fail in front of him, prepare to face eternal shame.
John Daly taking advantage of the relaxed dress code
We're all for the European Tour loosening restrictions on practice-round attire. As long as it doesn't spread to the senior circuit.
The cart girl is out of beer
A fate worse than death.
Your sister-in-law's third wedding coincides with the member-guest
Thanks, Phil Mickelson. Because you pulled out of the U.S. Open, the rest of us schmucks have no excuse to miss family events for a tee time.
Imagining how your golf clubs are being treated by bag-handlers
Pigs being sent to slaughter are handled with more care.
If a hole has a house on it, you're going to hit it
An inevitability on par with Fred Couples making the weekend at the Masters.
Tiger Woods suffering a setback
Because sometimes reality is a nightmare.
You will never make a hole-in-one
It's like death: you know it's going to happen. Doesn't make it easier to cope with.