(CNN)The rain dripped from the peak of his cap as another vicious squall hit Royal Portrush.
From beneath the brim, Tiger Woods pursed his lips and swung through the deluge.
The white ball soared into the gun-metal sky, like a tracer round towards the left side of the seventh fairway stretching out below.
Woods had just bogeyed the fifth and double bogeyed the short sixth, and his countenance was as foreboding as the clouds out to sea.
But it was a day for weathering storms, both from the sky and from within.
The 43-year-old had earlier set social media ablaze