WATCH: Adam Scott and Sebastian Cappelen Take a Dip in the Water at the 2021 Honda Classic

Published 03/19/2021, 6:17 AM EDT
Mar 11, 2021; Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA; Adam Scott lines up a putt on the 14th green during the first round of The Players Championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass – Stadium Course. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


The 2021 Honda Classic has gotten underway and the renowned Champion course at PGA National Resort & Spa is already proving to be challenging. Though the field is not star-studded like in the past, golfers are still putting up a show. Round 1 has already brought out the tradition of playing from the water! 

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Besides being one of the events pertaining to the PGA Tour’s Florida Swing, the Honda Classic is also popular for its unforgiving course layout. The legendary Jack Nicklaus redesigned the layout to make it more challenging, and hence, there are abundant water hazards threatening the professionals on the course. 

Adam Scott makes par of the year contender at the 2021 Honda Classic

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40-year-old Adam Scott is no longer in his prime, but he continues to be an entertaining presence on the PGA Tour. Scott has played a lot of strokes in a 20-year career span, but not often does he get into the water and save a par. 

Feb 19, 2021; Pacific Palisades, California, USA; Adam Scott before playing his putt on the twelfth hole green during the second round of The Genesis Invitational golf tournament at Riviera Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Scott finished Round 1 at the Honda Classic with a score of 1-under 69, which contained three birdies and an eagle. However, the most memorable hole from Scott’s first-round performance came at the par-4 11th. 

The 438-yard hole is a tricky one as the players have to be super accurate with their second shot. Failing to do so will result in the ball dropping into the water, which is exactly what Adam Scott faced.

After driving the ball just into the boundary of the water hazard, Adam Scott then removed his shirt, put on a jacket, took off his shoes, and stepped into the sludge to make his third shot. The ball was 25 ft 10 in away from the hole, but Scott masterfully chipped in onto the green. 

What followed was a well-calculated putt that saved Adam Scott from going for a bogey in the 11th. However, the Australian did commit a bogey in the first, eighth, and 10th hole, including a double bogey in the seventh! 

Sebastian Cappelen continued the tradition of playing shirtless 

While Adam Scott’s ball had just touched the muddy part into the water hazard, Sebastian Cappelen hit his tee shot and the second shot very wide to the right that it caught the attention of the water in the same 11th hole. 

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The Danish golfer then decided to take off his shirt and play from the water for his third shot. The Honda Classic has seen this in the past, and Cappelen became the latest player to lose his upper apparel in order to make an attempt from the water. 

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Cappelen couldn’t save the par and made the hole in only his fifth shot. But barring all this, what caught everyone’s attention was that Cappelen was encouraged to remove his shirt before entering the water, but the 30-year-old stepped into the thick mud wearing his bright white shoes! 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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