Missouri golfer survives mid-round Illinois sinkhole
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This March 8, 2013 photo provided by Golfmanna shows golfers looking into a sinkhole that opened up under golfer Mark Mihal on the 14th hole of a golf course in Waterloo, Ill. Mihal was hoisted out safely with a rope after falling 18 feet into the 10-foot-wide pit. (AP Photo/Courtesy Golfmanna)
This March 8, 2013 photo provided by Golfmanna shows golfers looking into a sinkhole that opened up under golfer Mark Mihal on the 14th hole of a golf course in Waterloo, Ill. Mihal was hoisted out safely with a rope after falling 18 feet into the 10-foot-wide pit. (AP Photo/Courtesy Golfmanna)
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This 2011 cell phone image provided by golfmanna.com, shows Mark Mihal, 43, a mortgage broker from Creve Couer, Mo., during a golf outing at the Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, Calif. On March 8, 2013, Mihal fell into an 18-foot-deep and 10-foot-wide sinkhole while playing golf at the Annbriar Golf Course in Waterloo, Ill. Mihal was hoisted to safety with a rope and suffered a dislocated shoulder. (AP Photo/Courtesy of golfmanna.com, C.A. Schmidt)
This 2011 cell phone image provided by golfmanna.com, shows Mark Mihal, 43, a mortgage broker from Creve Couer, Mo., during a golf outing at the Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, Calif. On March 8, 2013, Mihal fell into an 18-foot-deep and 10-foot-wide sinkhole while playing golf at the Annbriar Golf Course in Waterloo, Ill. Mihal was hoisted to safety with a rope and suffered a dislocated shoulder. (AP Photo/Courtesy of golfmanna.com, C.A. Schmidt)
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WATERLOO, Ill. (AP) — When it comes to dealing with this divot, score one for golfer Mark Mihal.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the mortgage broker from Creve Coeur, Mo., is recovering after a sinkhole opened up beneath him Friday on the fairway at the 14th hole of a southwestern Illinois golf course.

The pit that swallowed him was 18 feet deep and 10 feet wide.

The 43-year-old Mihal was hoisted to safety with a rope. The encounter at Annbriar Golf Course near Waterloo just southeast of St. Louis left him with a dislocated shoulder.

Although Mihal says he still considers the course one of his favorites, he’s having second thoughts about returning there, saying “it’d be kind of strange playing that hole again, for sure.”

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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