AUGUSTA -- Ben Martin knew he had no prayer in Amen Corner as he put on a splash-proof vest and removed both golf shoes.

"I should have gone for it in two, but I decided to lay up," Martin said of his Friday adventure on the par-5 No. 13 hole at Augusta National. "Then I just fatted a third shot in the creek."

The twisting little tributary to Rae's Creek has ruined the rounds of better players than Martin, a 22-year-old Clemson senior playing in his first Masters.

Already struggling at 7 over for the tournament and realizing he wouldn't make the cut, the kid made the best of it on the way to a triple-bogey.

"I figured I'd have some fun and go down there and hit it," Martin said.

He found the ball "one-third under water" off the edge of the green. He adjusted his wardrobe.

The crowd loved it.

"Some people started cheering when I took my shoes off," Martin said. "I really didn't know how it was going to come out. I asked my caddie, 'You ever hit one of these before?' He was like, 'Nope.' "




"Just having fun out there after that," Martin said. "I had no chance to play on the weekend so I was just taking it all in and enjoying the walks around 15 and 16 and up 18."