By Peter Lesser ( | First Posted: Mar 01, 2013 01:42 PM EST

Tiger Woods has seemingly been trudging through the mud for some time now. Every since news of his sexcapades made headlines, the pro golfer has struggled to boost his game and public image. Woods was literally walking through mud on Thursday as he played a ball out of a water hazard to save par on a cold, overcast day.

Woods suffered a rough start at the Honda Classic, scoring bogeys on both holes one and four. When he hooked his first shot on the sixth hole into the water hazard, the ball was still deemed playable. Woods took off his shoes, put on his rain pants and played the ball out of the water hazard, according to Sports World Report.

"How about that? It was only half submerged, so I could play some sort of explosion shot and get it back in the fairway," said Woods. "I wasn't trying to advance it very far, just get it back on the fairway and give myself some sort of wedge shot in there -- which I did and got up and down."

Woods ended the day at an even-par 70, six shots behind the leader, Camilo Villegas.

"I was 1-over at the time, and if that ball is not playable from where it's at, where I crossed (the hazard) was pretty far back and I would have had to have dropped -- I couldn't even get an angle in the first cut and had to drop in the primary and had to lay up and didn't get that up and down ... I'm looking at a 6, 3 over. All of a sudden I flip it, make par there and birdie the next. Could easily have been 3 and all of a sudden I'm even," he added.

Perhaps Woods' game has slipped, or perhaps all the attention is too overbearing. Regardless, fans are eagerly anticipating Woods' epic comeback, a day that may never come.

Follow the live coverage from the Honda Classic here on the PGA Tour website.

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