Paul Casey's latest return from an injury lay-off saw him crash from two under par to a six-over 78 at Wentworth on Thursday - and for a few horrible moments it threatened to be a lot worse.
Casey, still troubled by the shoulder he dislocated snowboarding on Christmas Eve, hit four drives into the trees on the long 17th.
To his relief the first ball was found, but because it was unplayable he had to go back to the tee and start the hole again.
After taking a double-bogey seven there and finishing with a bogey six, the 2009 event winner said: "Everything is just a hang-on cut - I'm just not trusting it. I so want to play and I did a good job of faking it, but it's so frustrating."
Casey, world number three less than three years ago, is now out of the top 50 after missing the first two months of this season and then pulling out of the Players Championship and Volvo World Match Play in the past fortnight.
Collated first round scores
(Gbr & Irl unless stated, par 72):
66 David Drysdale, Peter Lawrie
67 Richard S Johnson (Swe), Justin Rose, Niclas Fasth (Swe), Jamie Donaldson, Alvaro Quiros (Spa)
68 Francesco Molinari (Ita), Peter Hedblom (Swe), Kenneth Ferrie, George Coetzee (Rsa), James Morrison, Scott Jamieson, Robert Rock, Marc Warren, Mark F Haastrup (Den), Ernie Els (Rsa), Luke Donald, Rafael Cabrera Bello (Spa), Bernd Wiesberger (Aut)
69 Steve Webster, Richie Ramsay, Charl Schwartzel (Rsa), Colin Montgomerie, Branden Grace (Rsa), Danny Willett, Andrew Dodt (Aus), Shiv Shankar Prasad Chowrasia (Ind), Federico Colombo (Ita), Paul Lawrie, Pablo Martin (Spa), Edoardo Molinari (Ita)
70 Soren Kjeldsen (Den), Jeev Milkha Singh (Ind), Gareth Maybin, Ben Curtis (USA), Tom Lewis, Victor Dubuisson (Fra), Pablo Larrazabal (Spa), Brett Rumford (Aus), Jose-Maria Olazabal (Spa), Alexander Noren (Swe), Keith Horne (Rsa), David Higgins, Fredrik Andersson Hed (Swe), Thomas Levet (Fra), Lee Westwood
71 Robert Jan Derksen (Ned), Barrie Trainor, Damien McGrane, James Kingston (Rsa), Garth Mulroy (Rsa), Paul Streeter, Martin Kaymer (Ger), Thongchai Jaidee (Tha), Johan Edfors (Swe), Shane Lowry, Bradley Dredge, Marcel Siem (Ger), Darren Clarke, Simon Khan, Lee Slattery, Ricardo Gonzalez (Arg), Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa), Ian Poulter, Ignacio Garrido (Spa), Richard Sterne (Rsa)
72 Carlos Del Moral (Spa), George Murray, Nicolas Colsaerts (Bel), Matthew Zions (Aus), David Lynn, Jose Manuel Lara (Spa), Peter Hanson (Swe), Romain Wattel (Fra), Stephen Gallacher, Tommy Fleetwood, Jbe Kruger (Rsa), Richard Green (Aus), Sam Little, Lorenzo Gagli (Ita), Mark Foster
73 Chris Wood, Hennie Otto (Rsa), Thomas Aiken (Rsa), Retief Goosen (Rsa), Anders Hansen (Den), David Howell, Greig Hutcheon, Phillip Price, Rhys Davies, Richard Wallis, Robert Karlsson (Swe), Shaun Micheel (USA), Thorbjorn Olesen (Den), Alejandro Canizares (Spa), Martin Laird, Paul McGinley, Michael Hoey
74 Mikko Ilonen (Fin), Jorge Campillo (Spa), Ricardo Santos (Por), Matteo Manassero (Ita), Daniel Denison, Rory McIlroy, Thomas Bjorn (Den), Michael Jonzon (Swe), Christian Nilsson (Swe), Graeme McDowell, Estanislao Goya (Arg), David Horsey, Richard McEvoy, Matthew Cort, Julien Quesne (Fra), Oscar Floren (Swe), Andrea Pavan (Ita), Gregory Bourdy (Fra)
75 Ross Fisher, Robert Coles, Alex Cejka (Ger), Joel Sjoholm (Swe), Rich Beem (USA), Markus Brier (Aut), Gonzalo Fdez-Castano (Spa), Marcus Fraser (Aus), Gregory Havret (Fra)
76 Jean-Baptiste Gonnet (Fra), Gary Boyd, Richard Finch, Joost Luiten (Ned), Fabrizio Zanotti (Par), Simon Lilly, Raphael Jacquelin (Fra), Padraig Harrington
77 Peter Whiteford, David Patrick, Jaco Van Zyl (Rsa), Scott Drummond, Oliver Fisher
78 Jamie Elson, Anthony Wall, Paul Casey, Michael Campbell (Nzl), Graeme Storm
79 Chris Gill, Oliver Wilson, David J Smith
80 Felipe Aguilar (Chi)
83 Christian Cevaer (Fra), Benjamin Hebert (Fra)