Bonita Springs' Bobby Clampett was happy to make it through qualifying Tuesday to get into the ACE Group Classic. He didn't know it would cost him his shirt Sunday.
Clampett was playing the par-5 17th, his eighth hole, and tried to hit a 3-wood close to the front of the green, which has a landing area to the right of it, and a drop-off with a lake directly in front and to the left of it.
Clampett hit it "just a smidgen fat" and the ball rolled into the water. But Clampett could see it, half-submerged in the water on some sand. So he went down to determine whether he thought he could hit a shot and get it over the wooden boards around the hazard and onto the green.
He did. And that meant a wardrobe change. Beyond removing the shoes and socks. Clampett also took off his sweater and shirt, so he had nothing on but his rolled-up pants.
"I had to stand in the water, and I was going to get wet and everything else," he said.
Clampett didn't have a rainsuit in his bag, and still had 10 holes left to play after that in chilly weather.
"I don't want to play the rest of the round in this kind of cold weather with a wet shirt," he said.
Clampett knocked the ball on the green, and two-putted for par.
"You just do what you have to do in this game," he said, smiling. "It's one of those things that fortunately the cameras weren't rolling, but I had done the same thing if the cameras had been rolling."
Clampett, playing his first tournament in three months, shot a 74 to tie for 53rd.
Hoch back in play: After over a year away because of injuries, 2008 champion Scott Hoch tied for 20th with an even-par 72.
Sunday's chilly weather affected Hoch's left hand, which has undergone multiple surgeries, the last replacing a bone in his thumb.
"It was bad today. It was because of the weather," he said. "Early on, the first six holes, I couldn't do anything, couldn't hit a shot. I was just struggling to stay where I was."
As the weather warmed up, his hand loosened up, but started bothering him again near the end of the round when he made three poor tee shots.
"I'm happy I got through," he said. "Today was tough. ... But I'm pleased. I'm pleased."
Hoch's pulled left abdominal muscle, injured when he jumped to pull the cord to stop his garage door from going up and down, was not a factor.
Perry on to knee surgery: Defending champion Kenny Perry, who will have left knee surgery Tuesday in Nashville, battled his way to a tie for 10th with a 69 on Sunday. He was 4 under on the back nine, but bogeyed No. 17.
"I was lucky to play as well as I did, to tell you the truth," he said. "I always started out good on the front nine, and the further along I went, I got worse. I really struggled on the back nine. My leg got tired and it bothered me. I was just fighting to the finish every day."
Perry had a cortisone shot a couple of weeks ago after the knee swelled up at the season-opening event in Hawaii.
Top 10 and in: Jeff Freeman went from Tuesday qualifier into the top 10, and now will automatically be in the field for the tour's next event, in Newport Beach, Calif., next month.
Freeman made it by switching the philosophy that cost him a tour card at Q-School, when he double-bogeyed the 71st hole, and went from third to eighth, out of an exempt card.
"I was playing for par, and it killed me," Freeman said. "(My caddie) had the right club out, and I pulled the wrong one out, and I made a double bogey, so I went from third to eighth."
Freeman birdied No. 15, then parred the last three holes to tie for seventh. Nonexempt players automatically get in the next event if they finish in the top 10.
Thumbs-up for Watson: Former Ryder Cup captain Tom Lehman thought picking Tom Watson as the next U.S. captain was a good one, not just for the present.
"Great pick for him personally, and I think for where the tournament's going to be held at in Scotland. even more," Lehman said. "A different parallel track is this opening the door once again for those who should've been captain and maybe weren't, like Larry Nelson. He'll be getting a lot of support to be captain, which I think he should be. I'd love to see him be the captain in Minneapolis. Everybody, when you expand the age, is going to get their shot. you're not taking it away from David Toms."
Course breakdown: Chilly weather and northerly winds kept scores high for the second straight day. The average score was 72.861, with just 11 rounds in the 60s, one more than Saturday. No. 18 played the hardest, at 4.329 with just eight birdies. It was the most difficult overall as well, at 4.339.