Schwartzel snaps ... his six-iron

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Sam Gardner

Sam Gardner is a general assignment writer for Originally from Orlando, Fla., he previously covered the Orlando Magic for FOX Sports Florida and has also covered the NBA Finals, Stanley Cup Finals and MLB playoffs. Follow him on Twitter.


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.

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