It’s fair to say England’s Tyrrell Hatton didn’t enjoy his second round of the World Cup of Golf at Metropolitan Golf club in Melbourne.
Playing with known hothead Ian Poulter, the pair were flying after day 1 performance that saw them hold a share of the lead at 10-under. But that all changed on Friday as some trademark Melbourne weather rolled in to dampen the spirits – and the scores – of the red-hot international field.
The English pair bogeyed two of their first nine holes in the tricky foursomes format before things turned ugly at the par-4 10th. After hitting his tee shot it into the trees – forcing the pair to take a penalty drop – Hatton, known for his occasional streak of rage, took out his anger and frustration on a poor, defenceless tee marker:
— Sky Sports Golf (@SkySportsGolf) November 23, 2018
It drew immediate response on social media, with European Tour member Gary Evans venting his thoughts on the matter:
Not a good look.
To his credit, Hatton latter apologised for his behaviour. “Not my finest moment on the golf course. Hopefully me &
@IanJamesPoulter break par that easily over the weekend.”
BREAK PAR that easily…….we see what you did there, Tyrell. World Cup officials will be hoping you do that, too.
It’s not known whether any further disciplinary action will be taken against Hatton. But it’s safe to say smashing tee markers in front of millions of people on television is highly frowned upon.