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Take It Off

Taking off your clothes remains one of the Honda Classic's greatest traditions

March 18, 2021

Much has changed at the Honda Classic over the years. The event used to be loaded with stars, but unfortunately that's no longer the case. Some scheduling conflicts have not been kind to what was once a marquee event on the Florida Swing. Hopefully, it will be once again.

One thing, though, has remained constant at PGA National, no matter how strong or weak the field is. And no, we're not talking about the famed "Bear Trap." We're talking about one of the tournament's greatest traditions - taking your clothes off.

The amount of water hazards on the Jack Nicklaus design often leads to a ton of water balls, though many of them just hang up in muddier areas, and they're often playable. We already saw it happen once on Thursday morning with Adam Scott, who saved one of the pars of the year at the par-4 11th. But Scotty only had to remove his socks and shoes, and he put a jacket on to save himself from getting too messy. 

Later in the afternoon, Denmark's Sebastian Cappelen found himself in a similar situation at the exact same hole, and he went compeltely shirtless, and only removed one shoe. He wasn't able to make the putt for par, but the bunker-style shot from the drink was pretty damn good: 

This makes Cappelen the third pro (that we know of) to remove the shirt in this tournament. In 2019, Canada's Matthew Nesbitt stripped down at PGA National in the hopes of saving par, which he did to eventually make the cut: 

Two years earlier, Shawn Stefani went all the way down to his skivvies at the Honda

Something about this tournament that has guys feeling extra frisky every year.