AVONDALE, La. – Wyndham Clark was born in Denver, went to varsity on the University of Oregon and now lives in Scottsdale, Ariz., and hasn’t had a lot expertise with the teeming wildlife at TPC Louisiana, however his determination to wade into alligator-infested waters throughout the third spherical of the Zurich Classic nonetheless made him justifiably nervous.
Clark’s tee shot on the par-4 16th gap trickled into the shallow water of a hazard and he eliminated his sneakers and rolled up his pants to play his method.
“The first thing that went through my mind was snakes because I had to take my shoes off. There’s snakes in Louisiana, so I thought about the snakes,” Clark mentioned. “Then I was like, well, there’s alligators all over this golf course right now, and it’s also one of the ponds where there’s big ones. I definitely thought about it.
“I got in quick, and within probably 15 seconds of being in there I pulled the trigger just in case because I knew my partner was going to make par, and then I pulled off a great shot.”
Clark’s approached landed 15 toes from the pin and he two-putted for a par that impressed his accomplice, Erik van Rooyen. “I’m happy I have a teammate who is willing to risk one of his limbs for me,” van Rooyen joked.
Clark, whose golf shirt and hat have been left coated in mud following his restoration on the 16thgap, and van Rooyen shot a 9-under 63 within the four-ball (better-ball) session to maneuver into an early tie for fourth place.