Web.com Tour player Ben DeArmond racked up a 17 on the par-4 second hole at Lakewood National during the first round of the Lecom Suncoast Classic.
DeArmond, a South Florida PGA professional, said he lost all feeling in his arms as early as the second hole upon making his Web.com Tour debut.
"I couldn’t get (the ball) up in the air even with a 5-iron, so I’m not used to that, just went a little numb," said DeArmond, who sent five shots into the water on the second.
"I’ve never made a 17 in my life, not even when I started playing golf. After that it was fine, just had to feel my arms a little bit. It was just nerves. I had a great range session, felt good going in, and it was just an out-of-body experience on that hole."
DeArmond went on to shoot an 18-over 54 on the front nine, before coming home in 37 shots for a 91.
"You just have to take it in stride, we’re having fun with it," he said.
"I’m a head golf professional, so I know the sport is like this sometimes. Golf is the hardest sport in the world. It is the hardest thing to do in the world, the most frustrating thing, but if you learn anything from me today, it’s don’t withdraw, don’t give up, have fun with it.
"It’s a game. Everybody has a bad day, a bad hole, even the worst hole of your life, so you have to move on. Watch out for me tomorrow."