Unacceptable behavior. He is a professional, he is 38 years old (not exactly a kid), he dang well should know better. Hopefully the Tour nails him with a hefty fine.I have seen similar and commented loudly but thankfully all of my golf buddies have better restraint, even in competition when it goes wrong. They may throw a club but none would ever damage any part of the golf course. If they did, they would repair it immediately...and then apologize to our group.
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JSD,During my round one of our local courses yesterday this topic came up. I echoed virtually every point you made word-for-word. I also wholeheartedly agree with a previously stated opinion here that reminded us kids watch these tournament professionals as well. Pebble Beach should revoke his playing privileges there for at least 1 year. This hallowed course is no place for a classless excuse of a golfer.
Golf is an emotional game. He knows what he did was inappropriate. Almost as inappropiate as the author of this article. Almost but he needs to apologize to me for misinforming me regarding the damage he supposedly did to the green and the sport.
There is no tolerable excuse for intentionally damaging a green. Slamming any club onto any surface on a golf course is just a demonstration of bad temper and the inability to admit that he is not as perfect as he thinks others should consider him. An management invitation to play elsewhere is always an option.
I don't think he damaged the green that much. And he did it far away from the hole. And since he was in the last group, it would have no effect on the tournament or the outcome. Should bounce his club on the green. No. Should he demonstrate his anger and frustration of being tied for the lead on the 69th hole of the tournament. No. A firm reprimand and a follow up apology by Nick along with his damaged reputation should be enough punishment.
Did not like the action, nor the attitude, and I would never do that ... but from the video it does not seem he damaged the green ... a little exaggerated the commentary in my opinion
Okay, first and foremost, "especially at a legendary place like Pebble Beach" doesn't even need to be included. This is a near-criminal act at ANY golf course. All of this "sacred ground", "hallowed ground", stuff is self-serving and puke-inducing. I played in an after work, Friday evening, 9 hole scramble for years at a course called Bide-A-Wee, in Suffolk, VA. while working in the area. Nice course, but not "hallowed ground". A guy in my group wanted to take the first putt at a birdie on a Par 3 (easily 25-30 feet, uphill, breaking hard left) he missed any stalked away and proceeded to drive the toe of his putter into the green up to the hosel, like he was splitting wood. I flipped out on him, and told him I'd never play in a group with him again, even if it was the only open slot for the game. Also, dressed down a close friend and neighbor for accidentally tearing a green with his putter when we were teens. Made him fix it, AND confess to the pro shop when we finished. Yes, it is the only thing that even compares to cheating, in some ways worse, because of the physical damage to the course. Don't care what course it happens on.
The Golf Gods do not cater to gluttony....
I have seen worse without penalty.