Mike Small's driver let him down Thursday during the first round of the PGA Championship.
The Illinois men's golf coach opened the year's final major with a 4-over-par 76.
"Four drives cost me four bogeys, and I played the hard holes pretty solid coming in," said Small, who trails leader Carl Pettersson by 10 strokes.
Small hasn't been concentrating on his golf game as much as his Illini program of late. But he wouldn't use that as an excuse.
"I'm fine now, but out there during the round I get a little agitated when I hit shots like I hit," he said.
Former Illini D.A. Points opened with a 73, and Steve Stricker was another stroke behind after a 74.