Billy Horschel simply made it by means of No. 13 with out slipping down a slope.
This counts as one thing of an achievement — even when, for the second consecutive day, he wanted to take away his socks and footwear to make it by means of the outlet.
Let’s again up. Horschel’s second shot on Saturday landed in Rae’s Creek, one of many risks of the par-5 gap. So Horschel’s socks and footwear got here off as he ready to strive a shot from the water. However after he surveyed the inexperienced earlier than his try, he misplaced his footing and slid down the hill, prompting a session with Phil Mickelson, the three-time Masters winner who was his associate for the day, and later blamed the steepness of the financial institution and the wetness of the rye.
“I mentioned, ‘How unhealthy is that grass stain going to be?’” Horschel, who was sporting white pants, recounted after the spherical. “And he mentioned, ‘There will not be one there,’ and he appeared and mentioned, ‘Yeah, there’s one there. Sorry, buddy.’” (Requested whether or not he had confronted a extra embarrassing second, he replied: “I’ve ripped my pants a number of instances — and early within the rounds.”)
The shot went a lot better.
“It was in all probability a pair inches beneath the water,” Horschel mentioned, including, “I knew there was an entire bunch of inexperienced behind me, so so long as I hit it laborious sufficient, it could come out.”
It did, lifting up onto the inexperienced and previous the pin to arrange a two-putt, and Horschel in the end made par.
“It was an unimaginable golf shot,” Mickelson mentioned later. “That’s not simple. Generally that factor comes out type of blah. I’m curious how he hit that.”
Then got here Sunday, when Horschel’s tee shot landed within the water.
A lot as Horschel followers may hope, we don’t make this up.
Off got here the footwear.
His restoration shot managed to go away the water however headed straight right into a rock-strewn slope. His third shot went a number of inches. Eventually slicing his losses, he took a drop, solely to see what was technically his fifth stroke wind up within the gallery. Horschel’s sixth put him onto the inexperienced, the place he putted properly.
Nevertheless it was very a lot a depressing displaying on the outlet: eight strokes — good for a triple-bogey that moved him to 6 over par for the match. At the least, although, he didn’t rip his pants.