x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Stenson strips down to save himself a shot

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.

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," Stenson, 32, said.

"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. "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.

Stenson went on to card a round of three under, with the American Phil Mickelson heading a quartet of players on seven under. The returning world No 1 Woods is on one under. * Reuters