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Henrik Stenson Strips to Underwear, 'For the Love of the Game and the Fans'

Mar 13, 2009 – 10:29 AM
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Swedish golfer Henrik Stenson put himself in quite a predicament Thursday when his tee shot on the third hole of the CA Championship went into the mud.

Stenson knew he needed to wade in to save a shot, but he also knew that if he did it, his clothes would be wet and dirty for the final 15 holes. So Stenson did the only thing he could do: He stripped off all his clothes except his undies and the glove on his left hand, and he waded in.

Stenson explained his decision afterward:
"If you are saving a shot, that has to be worth taking your shirt and trousers," Stenson said. "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 my grave with me. I don't think I scared too many spectators off the course, hopefully."
Stenson added that he did it "For the love of the game, and for the fans."

He bogeyed the par-4 hole and got some grief from the fans for the rest of the day, but he finished the round with a 69, four shots off the lead.

Did You See That?

    Henrik Stenson of Sweden plays his second shot from deep mud at the 3rd hole during the first round of the World Golf Championships-CA Championship at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa on March 12, 2009 in Miami, Florida (Kyle Auclair, Getty Images)

    Kyle Auclair, Getty Images

    In this series of three images, Henrik Stenson of Sweden stands with his caddy Fanny Sunneson, addresses his ball from the edge of a water hazard on the 3rd hole, then emerges covered in mud up to his calves during the first round of the World Golf Championships-CA Championship at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa on March 12, 2009 in Miami, Florida (Kyle Auclair, Getty Images)

    Kyle Auclair, Getty Images

    Kemba Walker #15 of the Connecticut Huskies reacts after missing a game winning shot in the fifth overtime against the Syracuse Orange during the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 12, 2009 in New York City. Syracuse won in six overtimes, 127-117. (Michael Heiman, Getty Images)

    Michael Heiman, Getty Images

    Oklahoma State guard Obi Muonelo (2) battled Oklahoma forward Blake Griffin (23) for a rebound during the quarterfinals of the NCAA Big 12 men's basketball tournament at Ford Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on Thursday, March 12, 2009. Oklahoma State defeated Oklahoma 71-70. (Shane Keyser, Kansas City Star/MCT)

    Shane Keyser, Kansas City Star/MCT

    USA's Lindsey Vonn celebrates after the women's Super-G on March 12, 2009 at the Ski World Cup finals in Are. American Lindsey Vonn won the Super-G crystal globe here on Thursday after finishing ahead of rivals Nadia Fancini of Italy and German Maria Riesch in the season-ending finals. Vonn, who has already won the downhill crystal globe and on Wednesday retained the women's overall World Cup title, clocked 1min 20.63sec to finish 0.08sec ahead of the Italian with Riesch a further 0.16sec adrift. (Olivier Morin, AFP/Getty Images)

    Olivier Morin, AFP/Getty Images

    Notre Dame's Tory Jackson, top, falls over the shoulder of West Virginia's Alex Ruoff in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the second round of the Big East men's tournament Wednesday, March 11, 2009, at Madison Square Garden in New York. West Virginia won 74-62. (Julie Jacobson, AP)

    Julie Jacobson, AP

    Austria's Renate Goetschl competes during the women's downhill training on March 9, 2009 at the Ski World Cup finals in Are.

    Joe Klamar, AFP/Getty Images

    Cuba's Yoennis Cespedes breaks his bat as he lines out with the bases loaded in the seventh inning against South Africa during their World Baseball Classic game in Mexico City, Sunday, March 8, 2009. (Gregory Bull, AP)

    Gregory Bull, AP

    Mario Stula #10 of the DePaul Blue Demons fights for the the lose ball against Branden Miller #20 of the Cincinnati Bearcats during the first round of the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 10, 2009 in New York City.

    Chris McGrath, Getty Images

    Portland Trail Blazers Rudy Fernandez receives medical attention after he was fouled by Los Angeles Lakers Trevor Ariza in the third quarter of their NBA basketball game, Monday, March 9, 2009, at the Rose Garden, in Portland, Ore.

    Rick Bowmer, AP

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