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This Friday 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 with a rope; he dislocated his shoulder after falling 18 feet into the 10-foot-wide pit.

Golfer survives mid-round sinkhole

WATERLOO, Ill. – When it comes to dealing with this divot, score one for golfer Mark Mihal.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ( ) reported 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 southwest Illinois golf course.

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

Mihal, 43, 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 said 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.”