Peter Mainati is one of the best golfers in the world. Sure, you have likely never heard of the young man, but the fact he is playing on the Web.com Tour lets us know he is very talented.
This week, Mainati found himself in a situation we have all been in. He hit a shot, the ball went into the water hazard and became submerged right off the bank. For all of us who shoot somewhere between 90 and 2,000, we just move on and laugh with our friends about how terrible we are. Mainati decided to strike back against the water hazard, getting rid of his shoes and socks before taking aim during the first round of the WinCo Foods Portland Open, per Bleacher Report.
Devastation. The ball actually emerges for a quick second and lands on the fringe of the grass before rolling back into the mud, almost taunting Mainati. At this point, why not just keep hacking until you get the ball where it needs to be? You are already covered in mud, why not go for broke?
It could be worse, he could have completely missed the ball and still be soaked with a bunch of mud all over his white clothes. This is why most golfers just accept that the shot was brutal, take the penalty and move on with some shred of dignity still attached to their name.
If you are a golfer, you can simultaneously laugh and sympathize for Mainati’s plight.