Compounding the frustration, Spieth blasted out to 45 feet and three-putted for double bogey. "You know, I hit two ideal shots and I make a 5 on No. 1, then hit two good shots on 2, and horseshoed a four- footer".
At least he had company.
"The round today it was very solid", Hughes said.
Other than the two rounds of golf he played on The Players Championship course Monday through Wednesday, this was Hughes' first full round of golf here in North Florida. Hughes laughed and shook his head. "No".
Sean Lawrie, Craig's cousin, is a shot behind in a share of 16th, the pair chasing home player Niall Turner after he moved into the lead on 11-under after tacking a 66 on to his opening 67.
However, with blustery winds making scoring hard on Saturday, the 2008 champion surged up the leaderboard with a third round of 67 to lie on minus five.
The Englishman, who has recorded just one top-10 finish in 2017, says it is disappointing to withdraw but playing on through the pain barrier would have just caused further damage.
Defending champion Jason Day ran off two straight birdies after making the turn and was in the lead at 5-under, which for the former world No. 1 was a peculiar position. He has missed the cut twice and tied for 43rd twice in four starts, and has shot everything from 65 in the second round a year ago to 81 in the second round in 2014. McGirt followed that up with another eagle on the 16th after a handsome second shot got him to within 10 feet of the cup.
Fowler managed to see the big picture.
"I don't know that you can really learn this golf course, because the thing with this place is you hit one that lands four, five feet off the putting surface, there's no telling what's going to happen to it".
Garcia's round was different. A double bogey on the par-4 6th left the 2015 Players victor three-over par during a three-hole stretch, but he did close with a final-hole birdie. I felt a bit of stiffness on Sunday, hit a couple of drives that didn't feel quite right.
"The feeling was great", Garcia said. "Overall it was okay; I can't believe I'm only five off the lead and I can go out tomorrow morning, hopefully post a good score and get myself right back into the tournament". "I felt like I was a little bit up in the clouds, and when I woke up, I was 4 over after six". Three bogeys and two birdies landed him a 1-under 71.
"I just kind of hung in there", he said. Told that no one had made eagle on both par 5s on the back nine in the opening round, McGirt didn't have an answer.
"It was a matter of having a good day", McGirt said of his round. "And then 16 had 205 front, 236 hole, and just kind of smoothed a 5-iron up in the air and went in on the last roll".
McIlroy was at even-par 144, and the way the course is playing, anyone who makes the cut is still very much in the mix.