Professional golfers are some of the most skilled sportspeople in the world, but even they need a healthy dose of luck to really succeed.
This was something English pro Callum Shinkwin benefitted from in the second round of the Oman Open earlier this weekend.
Stranded off to the side of the fairway, Shinkwin shanked the shot he was hoping would get him back on track.
His shot looked to drop way short, careening towards sone rocks placed beside the course, when the ball then bounced off said rocks not once, but three times - a bizarre sequence that left the European Tour commentators stunned.
The Englishman and his caddies couldn’t help but laugh at the wildly luck break they’d just caught.
“Oh no...oh my, where’s this going,” the commentator said.
“Well I’ve got to say, he has to laugh at that, surely.
“That does not happen in real life.”
Unfortunately for Shinkwin, his luck couldn’t help him avoid a double-bogey on the par-4 18th hole.
Golf fans however, were lapping up the completely insane luck he had just been the beneficiary of.
@AdamFowkes I watched this live earlier, how’s your luck 😁🏌🏽♂️— simon parker (@siparker27) February 28, 2020
Totally planned. I've used that shot several times. It's all in the wrists.— Will Ruha (@WillRuha) February 28, 2020
I need that kind of luck in the rough...amazing! 😂— RM III (@nuunnyyaabbiiz) February 28, 2020
Lead up for grabs at halfway mark of Omar Open
Stephen Gallacher claimed a share of the halfway lead in the Oman Open as he seeks a third European Tour victory in the Middle East.
The Scot, who won back-to-back Dubai Desert Classic titles in 2013 and 2014, carded a bogey-free 67 at Al Mouj Golf Club to join Denmark's Rasmus Hojgaard on top of the leaderboard on nine under par.
Belgium's Nicolas Colsaerts and Finland's Kalle Samooja are a shot off the lead, with the English duo of Robert Rock and Richard McEvoy part of a five-strong group two strokes further back on six under.
Australia's Scott Hend carded a second-round 72 to move up to two under and a share of 29th place with compatriot Maverick Antcliff a shot further back.
"It's a good spot to be," former Ryder Cup player Gallacher admitted. "But there's still a lot of golf to be played. My aim will be to do the same things I've been doing."
Colsaerts, who returned to the winner's circle last year for the first time since 2012, matched Gallacher's 67 with seven birdies and two bogeys.
Italy's Lorenzo Gagli, who was reinstated in the field after testing negative for the coronavirus on Wednesday, is four shots off the lead after adding a 70 to his opening 69.
Former world No.1 Martin Kaymer is three strokes further back following an eventful 69 which included a hole-in-one on the 13th, a double bogey on the 15th and three closing birdies.