MIAMI, March 12 (Reuters) - Swede Henrik Stenson briefly took the limelight from Tiger Woods when he stripped down to his underwear to play a shot at the WGC-CA Championship at Doral on Thursday.
Stenson’s wayward drive on the third hole landed in muddy terrain near a water hazard and he decided to get down to basics rather than play the rest of his round in muddy clothes.
“I was only wearing two things when I hit the shot, my jocks and my golf glove,” he told reporters.
“Shirt, trousers, socks, shoes, hat, the lot was off.”
“Obviously, playing in Florida I didn’t have any rain gear in the bag, so that option went out of the window and I felt that if I could hack it out, I could secure a five and that is what I did,” said Stenson.
“Because of the mud I couldn’t really afford to play in any of my clothes as they would have been a real mess down the last six or so holes so I had no option.
Stenson said he had no regrets about his unorthodox approach.
“I felt that I would definitely save a shot by actually playing the ball. If you are saving a shot, that has to be worth taking your shirt and trousers off,” he said.
But the 32-year-old said he was expecting some ribbing.
“I’m sure I’ll hear a few comments and once the pictures get out I’ll hear a few more no doubt.
“I’ll probably take that to the grave with me. I don’t think I scared too many spectators off the course…I hope,” he said.
“You never know, I might have a new endorsement with Playgirl or something like that”.
(Editing by Ed Osmond)