Journeyman Dick Mast took the lead but lost the limelight to Ian Baker-Finch's impromptu strip show Thursday in the Colonial at Ft. Worth.
Mast, 42, making his first start in this event since his rookie season of 1974, shot a six-under-par 64 and led a group of three non-winners at the top of the first-round leaderboard.
Jeff Maggert and Duffy Waldorf each had a 65.
Baker-Finch, however, upstaged all of them at the Colonial Country Club course.
The darkly tanned Australian, a former British Open champion, hit his tee shot into the edge of a pond that fronts the green on the par-three 13th.
Before a cheering gallery of hundreds on the course and millions more watching the cable telecast, Baker-Finch sat down and removed his shoes and socks.
And then his trousers came off.
The cheering increased to bedlam.
When he stepped ankle-deep into the pond to play his second shot, he was barefoot and bare-legged, wearing only blue-green boxer shorts below the waist.
"I'm just glad I wore my good ones," Baker-Finch said later.
Casual as could be, the half-clad Aussie clambered out of the water after his shot, dried himself with a towel, put on pants, socks and shoes and went about his business.
The scene seriously upstaged the more staid, traditional activities on the golf course.
"He just turned golf into a PG-13 sport," quipped PGA champion Nick Price, who was playing in the same group with Baker-Finch.
On the next hole, three female fans following Price and Baker-Finch began chanting "Hit it in the water; hit it in the water."
Baker-Finch finished with a 74.
Heavy winds kept scores high in the opening round of an LPGA tournament at Corning, N.Y., with Cathy Johnston-Forbes, Kathy Robbins and Allison Finney sharing the lead at two-under-par 70.
Charlotta Sorenstam shot a three-under-par 70, helping Texas set a course record and move within two strokes of Georgia halfway through the NCAA women's golf championships at Atlanta.