Plodding and grinding around the Old Course in St Andrews on Saturday, Tiger Woods saw his hopes of making history at St Andrews all but blown out of the water.
The world number one, seeking to become the first man in 150 years to win the Open three times at the Home of Golf, could only manage a one-over 73 in his third round when what he needed was something in the 60s.
Finishing the day at three under for the tournament, Woods was 10 strokes off the lead and tied for 19th place.
Even for him that looked like mission impossible.
Woods, who is looking for his first win since November when a sex scandal turned his life upside down and sullied his reputation, said that while he was reasonably happy with his round, he just could not get anything going.
"Ironically enough now I'm driving it beautifully and I'm not making any putts. It's just one of those things where you just have to be patient," he said.
"I was grinding. I was as patient as I possibly could be today, and I was just trying to plod my way along and just didn't get anything going."