March 1, 2013
Tiger Woods barefoot shot becomes instant classic
By Ted Wyman, Winnipeg Sun

Tiger Woods prepares to get wet on the sixth hole during the first round of the Honda Classic on February 28, 2013 in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Stuart Franklin/AFP

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLA. - Tiger Woods had to get his feet wet just to manage an even-par round at the Honda Classic on Thursday.

Woods was in trouble on the sixth hole (his 15th hole of the day), but found a way to make par after taking off his shoes and socks, putting on rain pants and wading into the water to blast one back into the fairway.

"How about that," Woods said after finishing his morning round.

"It was only half submerged, so I could play some kind of explosion shot and get it back in the fairway. I got in there and I wasn't trying to advance it very far, just make sure I got it back in the fairway and give myself some kind of wedge shot in there, which I did, and I got it up and down."

Had Woods not been able to hit the shot, it could have been disastrous.

"I was 1-over at the time, and if that ball is not playable from where it's at, where I crossed was pretty far back and I would have had to have dropped. I couldn't even get an angle in the first cut and had to drop in the primary and had to lay up and didn't get that up and down ... I'm looking at a 6, 3-over. All of a sudden I flip it, make par there and birdie the next. Could easily have been 3-over and all of a sudden I'm even."


 

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