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Tiger Woods Barefoot: Watch Tiger Remove Shoes, Save Par at 2013 Honda Classic

By Melissa Siegel - Posted: 03/01/13 08:53AM EST
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Tiger Woods was six shots back of the leader after the first round of the 2013 Honda Classic. (Photo: Reuters)

Tiger Woods went barefoot to save par during the first round of the 2013 Honda Classic.

According to Golf Channel, Woods drove his tee shot into the water on the par-four sixth hole. At first he felt the ball would be either lost or unplayable, so he was pleased to discover that he might be able to hit it back onto the green.

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However, the golfer soon realized that he would have to go barefoot in order to properly hit the shot. So he took off both his socks and shoes, put on rain pants, and even removed his sweater so it would not get dirty.

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

Woods' shot attempt was somewhat of a gamble, since he would only have had to take a one-stroke penalty had he just taken the ball out of the water. However, his move paid off when his fairway shot landed eight feet away from the hole. Woods then sunk the ensuing putt to save par.

'If that ball is not playable from where it's at I'm looking at a 6, three-over," said Woods, per TC Palm. "All of a sudden I flip it, make par there and birdie the next and all of a sudden I'm even."

At the end of the day, Woods was six shots back of Honda Classic leader Camilo Villegas, who shot a six-under 64 in the first round. Per USA Today, four other golfers were just one stroke behind, including Rickie Fowler and Branden Grace.

However, Villegas struggled early in round two, shooting a four-over-par through his first seven holes, including two bogeys and a double bogey. He currently sits at two-under-par, three shots behind the five leaders, including Lee Westwood.  

Tiger Woods has not yet teed off in his second round.

As ESPN noted, Woods is not the first pro golfer to remove his shoes and socks on the golf course. During the 1999 Open Championship, Jean Van de Velde famously went barefoot into a water hazard on the 18th hole. Unlike Woods, however, Van de Velde opted to take a penalty for his shot. He then went on to blow a three-stroke lead on that final hole and lose the title.

According to Golf Week, Woods is coming off a first-round loss in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship last week. However, he won his last stroke-play competition, last month's Farmers Insurance Open, by four shots.

You can watch Tiger Woods' barefoot shot here, courtesy of the PGA Tour's YouTube page.

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