Sergio Garcia hits fully submerged ball out of lake, saves par

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Sergio Garcia's splashy shot on Thursday might have just salvaged his round.
By John Holmes
PGA.com

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Thursday, February 26, 2015 | 2:38 p.m.
 
Sergio Garcia hasn't won the PGA Tour yet this season, but he's sure hit some memorable shots. Just last Saturday, he pulled off an unreal sand save in the third round of the Northern Trust Open. Then on Sunday, he followed it up with a clutch slam-dunk chip-in from the heavy rough at Riviera.
 
And today, on the par-5 18th hole (his ninth hole of the day) in his first round at the Honda Classic, he did it again.
 
Garcia's drive took a wicked hop into the water on the right side of the fairway. The ball wound up only a foot or two from dry land, but was completely underwater. 
 
 
In that situation, the smart play is to just take your medicine because making solid contact with a ball that's underwater – even if your feet are still on dry land – is a low-percentage play. Advancing it is even less likely.
 
Garcia, however, was unfazed. He surveyed the situation, put on his rain gear, and took a mighty swing – and not only got the ball out but got it back into the fairway. From there, he went on to make a most amazing par.
 
Garcia's aquatic adventure seemed to have turned his round around as well. He was 4 over through his first eight holes and was coming off a bogey on the par-3 17th. But after his par save, he carded three birdies and a bogey on his second nine for a respectable 72.
 
Here's his shot: