Illinois golfer Mark Mihal literally swallowed by 18-foot sinkhole on fairway [Photo]

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Wow, just wow. Following the recent terrible news in Florida about how a man was literally swallowed alive while sleeping in his home comes another case of the same situation.

Luckily, Mark Mihal, the founder of, survived being swallowed by an 18-foot sinkhole while walking on a fairway at a course in Waterloo, Illinois.

Apparently, Mihal and a buddy, Mike Peters, were preparing to hit on hole No. 14. Peters took his shot, turned out to chat up Mihal on how it went, but his friend was gone. Peters sprinted over to where Mihal had been standing only to discover his friend buried deep underground.

“I felt the ground start to collapse and it happened so fast that I couldn’t do anything,” Mark said later. “I reached for the ground as I was going down and it gave way, too. It seemed like I was falling for a long time. The real scary part was I didn’t know when I would hit bottom and what I would land on.”

Talk about a worst nightmare situation.

Again, and luckily, Mihal was pulled out of the sinkhole in one piece. He spent 20 excruciatingly long minutes underground and was taken to a hospital to nurse a fairly severe shoulder injury — but no doubt he, all of his friends, and loved ones were counting their blessings.

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  • fenc

    FAKE! Publicity stunt to promote his website!

  • Jameson

    It’s just like Space Jam! Haha.

  • Usa Sports 360

    I wonder if you have to take a penalty stroke or do you play it like GUR? It wasn’t marked off before the round started so it could be a stroke if you can’t play it…

  • M Fox

    Next time, hold your club over your head an you won’t fall to the bottom.