And although it worked out in the preliminary round – apart from his slip-up – he was less lucky on Sunday, hit his chip wrong and finally had to be content with a triple bogey on the 13th hole.
“This is going to be a highlight that will be played on social media.”
The 34-year-old, who played in a group with three-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson, hit his second shot on hole 13 in the water of Rae’s Creek.
Instead of giving up the ball and getting a shot penalty, Horschel decided to take drastic measures.
World No. 17 took off his shoes and socks and rolled his white pants up to his knees to keep them dry when he went into the water.
After changing outfits, he quickly emerged on the green to check where he was aiming. But disaster struck on his trip back to the ball.
Without shoes, Horschel’s feet slipped on the perfect grass and he slipped completely over to the delight of viewers and many on social media.
With a big smile on his face, he quickly jumped up and asked the five-time main winner Mickelson amusingly to check how dirty his white pants were.
“I said, ‘How bad is that patch of grass going to be?’ And he said: “There can’t be one there.” And he looked and said: ‘Yes, there is one, sorry, buddy’, “said Horschel in his press conference after the round.
“Obviously this will be a highlight that will be played on social media, or maybe Augusta or the Masters will take it off. But I was hoping to do the putt in such a way that it would at least be fun.”
To be fair to Horschel, he was able to collect himself with muddy pants and wet feet and successfully tossed his submerged ball onto the green.
After the opening rounds of 76-71, he started the day three times and ten shots away from Justin Rose’s lead.