Schwartzel snaps … his six-iron

Charl Schwartzel was in the midst of a poor first round Thursday
at the Open Championship, and on the 15th hole, the 2011 Masters
champion’s temper boiled over, at the expense of his
6-iron.

After recovering from a double-bogey on the first hole to play
his first 11 holes at even par, Schwartzel bogeyed 12, 13 and 14 to
fall to 3-over. His tee shot on 15 then found the deep left rough,
and after a recovery shot that wasn’t to his liking,
Schwartzel took it out on his club (because it’s always the
club’s fault):

A second view of the outburst shows that Schwartzel’s club
snapped in half upon impact:


And here’s the full video, featuring the aftermath of the
snapped club, complete with stunned commentary from the on-air
anchors:

But I’m not here to judge the guy, nor will many weekend
warriors like myself. We’ve all been there before, and if my
experience is any indication, Schwartzel didn’t even want
that club anymore, anyway.

Schwartzel would go on to double-bogey 15 to fall to 5-over on
the day, but he redeemed himself on 18, holing out for a rare
birdie from the sand to finish the day at 4-over:

All’s well that ends well, I guess. Told you he
didn’t need that 6-iron.