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Video: Justin Rose cold-shanks his tee shot at the Zurich Classic

Jonathan Wall
Devil Ball Golf

Watching the best golfers in the world on a weekly basis you almost forget these guys are human. When you post 10-under without blinking, people tend to forget that even players like Justin Rose are capable of hitting the worst shot in golf from time to time.

Call it a hosel rocket or a shank, it doesn't really matter; the golf shot doesn't discriminate. The shankapotamus will find you find at the worst possible time, and it will humble you.

Rose happened to be 6-under through 13 holes when he stepped on the tee at the par-3 14th on Friday at the Zurich Classic. Moving up the leaderboard and looking like a serious threat on the weekend, he stood over his shot ... and promptly shanked it about 60 yards right. He ended up carding a double-bogey on the hole.

Rose tweeted after his round to confirm that he had indeed shanked the shot, and that he now knew how the rest of felt.

Now, I'm not sure if that tweet was supposed to make us feel any better, but it's nice to know that even guys like Rose, who won earlier this year the Doral, are capable of producing shots that haunt the average golf hack on a weekly basis.

The only difference between Rose's shank and then one most of us produce? Rose went on to birdie his final hole of the day and post 5-under 67. I'm going to guess most golfers don't have the mental game to keep the round on track and go low after smashing one off the hosel.

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