Clubs get punished. . .
Published 30/05/2015 | 02:30
Golf is a game where etiquette all too often is overwhelmed by emotion. Here is a list of some memorable parting of the ways between top golfers and their equipment:
1 BEN CRENSHAW
Ryder Cup singles at Muirfield Village in 1987. Crenshaw played Eamonn Darcy and 'Gentle Ben' gave way to 'Grumpy Ben' as he broke his putter in frustration on the sixth green. It was a measure of his ability that he continued to make a match of it with Darcy, using first his sand wedge and later on, his 3-iron. It was with the latter club he holed from five feet, leaving Darcy to hole a nasty five-foot slider for a crucial point as Europe won the match.
2 SERGIO GARCIA
Garcia has fought his putting demons for so long, and occasionally something has to give. His putter was the victim in the recent Players Championship at Sawgrass. Sergio binned it after a second-round 72, but not before breaking it in half. He then battled his way into a play-off won by Rickie Fowler.
3 WEBB SIMPSON
Simpson won the 2012 US Open using a belly putter, but as the rules change next year outlaws putting with the club anchored to the body, Simpson has reverted to the short stick. In November, he ceremonially broke his belly putter as a symbol of his commitment to the orthodox clubs. The US Open winning putter - now a two-piece - is in his trophy case.
4 CHARLEY HOFFMAN
You're seven over par in the second round of The Players Championship, you've just taken double-bogey on the par-three 13th, so what do you do? Hoffman took a few strides and threw his putter into the pond adjoining the green. Any bitter satisfaction he received from condemning the putter to a watery grave was short-lived, as he went on to finish with 83.
5 RORY McILROY
Rory on his game is a sight to behold but he's only human and when it goes wrong, the response occasionally goes beyond the 'grin and bear it' routine. Such a moment arrived for the World No 1 on the par-five eighth hole in the WGC Cadillac Championship at Trump National in Doral in March when he flung his 3-iron into the drink. "I just let frustration get the better of me. It was heat of the moment. There was a split second, like should I or shouldn't I, but I didn't need a 3-iron for the rest of the round so I thought, why not? It felt good at the time. Looking back at it, it isn't one of my proudest moments," said McIlroy.