Adam Scott's wild par save from alligator-infested water

Chris Young
·Sports Reporter
·3-min read
Adam Scott was pumped after pulling off an impressive par save on the second hole of the Honda Classic. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Adam Scott was pumped after pulling off an impressive par save on the second hole of the Honda Classic. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Australian golfer Adam Scott has pulled off a miraculous shot from the water to save par at the PGA's Honda Classic in Palm Beach.

Scott had to wade into a water hazard notorious for the occasional appearance of alligators, which roam the many waterways of Florida and are sometimes spotted on the course.

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Ditching his shoes and socks, Scott was forced to work hard to save par on the second hole of the day, having already given up a bogey on the first.

After consulting an official over some wires that needed to be moved before he could play, Scott said it was like getting out of a deep bunker.

The 40-year-old made a nice shot to the green before easing in a three-metre putt.

"I blocked my 7-iron and when I got up there I figured I could play it, but I called in a rules official because incredibly there were some electrical cables in the penalty area around my ball that I needed to move," Scott told PGATOUR.com.

"I was able to move them, get my shoes and socks off, roll the trousers up, get my waterproof jacket on and get in the water with my lob wedge. 

"From there I just played it like a full bunker explosion shot and got it to about 12-feet."

While it was an impressive recovery from the Aussie star, enabling him to recover and post a one-under 69 in the first round, fellow Aussie Matt Jones streaked into the lead after setting a course record with his nine-under 61.

Scott finished the first round tied for 24th as he seeks to regain form ahead of the upcoming Masters.

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Scott concedes he has a problem just three weeks out from his most cherished golf tournament.

The Australian has questions over a faltering long game, particularly his wayward driver, as the clock ticks towards the major starting on April 9.

And Scott wants answers when he tees off in the Honda Classic in Florida from Thursday.

"It (my game) is not really where I want it, to be honest," Scott said on Wednesday.

"I'm not quite on top of my long game at the moment and it's a bit of a work in progress.

"My short game is fantastic at the moment ... the best consistently it has ever been, which is fortunate, otherwise I'd be selling hot dogs, not playing golf."

Adam Scott has admitted to struggling for form ahead of the upcoming US Masters. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)
Adam Scott has admitted to struggling for form ahead of the upcoming US Masters. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)

Scott is the only Australian to win The Masters, in 2013, and the showpiece tournament in Augusta, Georgia, remains foremost in his thinking.

"I'm not really where I want to be with my long game," Scott said.

"I can sit here and bore you with details why but it's just the fact is it's just not good enough.

"In the big picture of things, with Augusta in mind, I think if I can make some progress this week, I've got two weeks of practice which I really, really need to be ready for Augusta.

"And I still believe I can be.

"With the golf swing and ball-striking being the strength of my game for my entire career, I believe it can come back fairly quickly with a little bit of work on the range the next few weeks."

With AAP

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