Tyrrell Hatton destroys club, gives fan the finger at British Open

It doesn't look like Tyrrell Hatton will make the cut at Royal St. George's.

English golfer Tyrrell Hatton snapped on the final hole of his British Open second round Friday at Royal St. George’s. The 29-year-old Englishman lost his temper and snapped one of his irons in half after hitting a poor shot.

Hatton is known on the European Tour as a player whose temper can sometimes get the best of him. On Friday, it did as he unleashed his pent-up frustration after spraying a wayward approach shot to the right of the 18th green.

Hatton was 2-over par at the time and needing a birdie to give himself a chance to make the cut, which was 1-over at the time.

Earlier in the round, Hatton gave the finger to a spectator who was annoying him. So, it was an angst-filled day for him.

Though he has a two top-6 finishes in British Open, he’s also missed the cut five times in eight Open starts.

Hatton has a history of being a self-described “angry golfer.” He’s even featured in a tongue-in-cheek video the European Tour produced on its social media


Will Zalatoris, who shot 1-under-par 69 on Thursday, was forced to withdraw from the tournament before his second round on Friday with a back injury. He sustained it while taking a swing out of the heavy rough on the 15th hole Thursday. Zalatoris hacked at it with a one-hand follow through and bent over in pain.

“I have been advised to not risk any further damage to my back,” Zalatoris wrote on Instagram. “I contemplated not finishing the round yesterday (Thursday), but considering this is my first Open, I felt like I needed to finish the round. I am completely gutted to not be moving forward in the championship.”

Zalatoris was scheduled to tee off in the afternoon wave alongside Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose, at 10:21 a.m. He arrived to the course early to hit balls and work with a trainer at the gym, but the pain worsened and he informed tournament officials he was withdrawing.

Zalatoris, 24, has had an amazing year. Only a year removed from playing on the Korn Ferry Tour, he was runner-up at the Masters in April and finished tied for 8th at the PGA Championship in May. He entered the week at No. 30 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

This story originally appeared on: NyPost - Author:Mark Cannizzaro

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