PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Shawn Stefani isn’t shy.
We know that now.
Stefani, rekindling memories of Henrik Stenson’s bold play at Doral back in 2009, stripped down to his underwear at the sixth hole Friday at the Honda Classic to play a shot out of the water.
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“Hopefully, my wife wasn’t disappointed,” Stefani said. “But I was out there fighting for my family. I was fighting to make the cut.”
Stefani was asked if he would consider moonlighting as an underwear model.
“I was wearing Calvin Kleins,” he cracked. “Hopefully, I looked good. I’ve been going to the gym.”
After driving it left into the hazard, Stefani stripped down to the bare necessities and waded ankle deep into the water. He successfully splashed his escape 45 yards out into the fairway, then knocked his 164-yard approach to 10 feet but couldn’t convert the putt for par.
The bogey didn’t help his cause. He finished 2 over, two shots over the cutline.
“I was just trying to make the cut,” Stefani said. “If I had taken a drop, I would have had to do it in the rough, 20 or 30 yards back. I would have been hitting a long iron into a green where you can’t stop the ball.
“All I was trying to do was make the best decision, and I think it was the best play. I fought hard until the end. It’s a tough golf course, but I never quit. I never gave up.”
Stenson got worldwide attention stripping down to his underwear at Doral’s third hole in ’09 to play a shot out of the mud.
“I got quite a few whistles out there,” Stenson said back then.