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Are These The Angriest Golfers in The World

By: | Fri 21 Jul 2023

ANYBODY who has ever picked up a golf club will know exactly just how frustrating this sport can be. Each and every one of us is capable of producing moments of magic, holing a massive putt, smashing a drive down the middle of a tight fairway, knocking a mid-iron stiff.

Equally, we all know what it feels like when things go wrong. I don’t know about you, but I have seen some pretty incredible hissy fits on the course. And the world’s best golfers are capable of losing their cool too.

Here are just a few who struggle to keep a lid on it when things go wrong.

Sergio Garcia

The Spaniard is a serial offender. He has been seen attacking bunkers, digging up putting surfaces, spitting into the hole, kicking a golf shoe into an unsuspecting crowd. And the older he gets the worse he seems to have become. He is also the master of the “woe is me” press conference. You would never guess that he was a multi-millionaire. 

Jon Rahm

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Have you ever notice how foreign golfers always swear in English? When Rahm first moved to America he could barely speak a word of English. He is now fluent. And when he loses his temper (which happens fairly regularly) he always does so in English. His go-to temper tantrum is to hit himself on the foot with his club. Which surely cannot possibly be a good idea!

Tyrrell Hatton

The Englishman is a real Marmite golfer. You either love him or you hate him. And it has to be said that American fans cannot get enough of him. The question is: are they laughing at him or with him? His antics are quite extraordinary. And here’s the thing - he hits a shot, turns away in disgust and the ball lands three feet from the hole. He’s hard man to please.

Jordan Spieth

I like Spieth. But boy can he moan. I have reached the conclusion that Michael Greller, his caddie must have ear plugs in. Spieth provides a running commentary after almost every single shot.

Ian Poulter

Do you remember Medinah? Rory McIlroy does. He looked on in awe during the Saturday fourballs as Poulter produced a one-man show to secure a vital point for Europe. And with every putt that he drained, Poulter became ever more animated. And those eyes!

Tiger Woods

It is a little-known fact that Woods is the most fined golfer the PGA Tour has seen. In his prime he was something to behold. But with those incredible standards he set for himself came a sense of frustration when things did not quite go to plan. Woods has a ferocious temper. But the reason he has landed so many fines is because of his propensity for using the f-word. Usually with TV cameras there to record it.

Henrik Stenson

The Swede is known for his sense of humour and when all is going well there is no better man to be playing alongside. But Stenson has a darker side and readily admits that he often struggles to contain his temper. At the US Open in 2011 he hit a poor shot with an iron and then angrily dug it into the ground. Not content with that, he opted to break the shaft in half. It wasn’t the moment to ask him for autograph.

John Daly

Daly was a prodigious talent but a notoriously flaky character who suffered many meltdowns on the golf course. He once took a spectator's camera and smashed it against a tree. But his finest moment came at the Australian Open in 2011 when he hit SEVEN balls into the water and then walked off the course, saying he couldn’t continue because he had no balls left.

Pat Perez

The American may well be the angriest golfer on the planet. His rap sheet is impressively long. It is bad enough that he routinely throws temper tantrums and uses foul language and ignores playing partners. Clubs have been thrown, bunkers have been abused but, shamefully, he actually made a number of children cry at the Reno Tahoe Open in 2011 after storming past them in a rage and refusing to sign autographs.

Colin Montgomerie

Monty was one of the grumpiest golfers the world have ever seen. Here was a man who could be put off by the sound of butterfly wings. He argued with fans, he argued with cameramen (often), he even argued with his long-suffering caddie Alastair McLean. Legendary bagman Willie Aitchison even branded him the worst golfer to work for. He would regularly get all hot and bothered while playing in the USA and the fans took great delight in winding him up - and he took great delight in responding!

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