Greg Owen, however, kicked his car into another gear after the PGA Tour called him around midmorning to say he had been bumped up to first alternate when Brian Harman wasn't able to get to the tee in time to replace D.A. Points, who withdrew just before his 8:39 a.m. tee time.
"I didn't know what was really going on," Owen said. "I was just trying to get here as fast as possible. I wasn't expecting to get in as a second alternate."
Ultimately, Harman was allowed into the field due to extenuating circumstances and was sent out as a single, but Owen didn't get into the field because there were no withdrawals in the afternoon.
"I'll just get in my car now and head back to Orlando," Owen said at about 2:45 p.m. ET. "I'm playing four [upcoming tournaments] in a row, so I have plenty of golf."
Still, that's a pretty long day to not hit a single shot.
Farrell Evans covers golf for ESPN and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.