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Come for John Peterson snapping his putter. Stay for the debate.



His mini-retirement over/on hold, John Peterson is teeing it up in the Tour Finals. It isn’t going well; at least it wasn’t during Thursday’s opening round at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship.

JPete took his frustrations out on his flatstick at the par-4 15th hole (his sixth of the day). Here’s the evidence, courtesy of Tim Kay on Twitter.

Peterson did go on to play his final 12 holes in just one over…while putting with his 52-degree wedge.

Club destruction, especially with such vigor, is almost always entertaining, it’s worth considering the merits of Chris Sanderson’s tweet in response to the original video and another comment.

Now, objections to club snapping usually take the form of “disrespect for the game,” etc. However, as the tweeter indicates, and as Kevin Stadler showed last week, there’s real danger in club-destroying fits of rage…both to player and to fans.

Putting the professionalism and decorum debate aside for a moment, should we…

  • A: Condemn, in this case, John Peterson for snapping his putter?
  • B: Allow for such expressions of anger and accept the risk of accident?
  • C: Or, do we permit, say, snapping your putter in half while you’re on the green (Peterson) and it’s unlikely you’ll injure a spectator and condemn slamming your club into the ground in a spot near the gallery where the head could fly off and injure someone (Stadler)?

Let us know what you think, GolfWRX Members.

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  1. Sonny McTesty

    Aug 26, 2018 at 2:22 am

    I love it. Wish there was more of this fire.

  2. Dave r

    Aug 24, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    Face it not a golfer alive has gone his whole playing days without breaking or throwing one. If they say they have they are full of it. Nothing wrong with a little show of emotion.

    • Johnny Penso

      Aug 25, 2018 at 3:23 pm

      35 years later and never broken a club or done anything more than a light tap in frustration.

  3. Wiger Toods

    Aug 24, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    First, Stadler was a freak accident. You should be able to slam a club into the ground; that is its purpose in life!

    So the guy snapped a shaft? He gave himself a “disadvantage”, didn’t slow play, and didn’t break any rules. It’s very simple; if the rules bodies want to make intentionally breaking a club a 2-shot foul, it’ll end. In the meantime, people complain about too little emotion on the course, and then once they see it, they call it disrespectful.

    It’s just people complaining as a subtweet to the golf. Ignore it, and let it be. We’re talking about it, right? That’s good!

  4. TwoLegsMcManus

    Aug 24, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    1. Our insistence that golfers need be “role models” is part of a larger cultural problem. We glorify so much that is unimportant and ignore or vilify so much that is. Raise your kids to know that athletes are professional competitors/entertainers, not (necessarily) “heroes”.

    2. Fine players for any such behavior, to improve the viewing appeal of the game. You can start with a few million from Tiger Woods for the endless club slamming and long, loud strings of expletives he’s shouted during his career. Perhaps you can end on John Rahm’s whining baby routine on *every single missed putt*.

    3. Donate all fine money to education.

    4. Kevin Stadler should pay $1m to the person he injured. Bobby Jones injured someone throwing a club too.

  5. Dan

    Aug 24, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    Nicklaus broke several clubs during his career

    • Joe

      Aug 26, 2018 at 3:14 pm

      When did Jack break a club, I saw him slam a club once, but never break one?

  6. Lobber

    Aug 24, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    A real man would snap it in half with his bare hands. What a wussy – had to use his knee.

  7. joro

    Aug 24, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    Idiots like him and those that think it is cool to go Bonkers are most likely bonkers themselves. Guys like him are spoiled brats who have no clue what they have, a life of playing a game for a lot of perks and freebies that most all Golfers would love to have, but the don’t appreciate it. How about a nice cool job flipping Burgers or laboring in some real job for 12 bucks an hour. I know it is hard out there is you are not making it, but the fact is they seem to stick at it. So quit with the being a bad example and get it together, or go away.

    I apologize if I offended the real Idiots cause the club throwers, breakers are far worse.

  8. Bob Devitz

    Aug 24, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    Not acceptable. A bad look and can be dangerous as with Stadler. Tour should fine.

  9. Jay

    Aug 24, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    So people complain about Koepka being “boring” and complain about too much emotion on the golf course too? Can’t have it both ways. I say, let the golfers be who they are. If DeChambeau wants to snub a handshake at the end of a round, let him do it. If a golfer has a fiery personality, let him throw/break a club. If they’re boring, let them be emotionless. We’re all free to judge these golfers for who they are and what they do, and root them on (or not) because of it and that’s OK. No one says we have to like all these players and what they do.

    • Wiger Toods

      Aug 24, 2018 at 4:16 pm

      I think sometimes people forget watching golf is entertainment, not a bar exam.

  10. TONEY P

    Aug 24, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    It’s his club , let him break it. He had to finish without it.

  11. WhatDoesThisMean?

    Aug 24, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    Now, objections club snapping and usually take the form of “disrespect for the game,” etc.

  12. Jason

    Aug 24, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    Chris, spoken like a true rainbow warrior!

  13. Ike

    Aug 24, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    Breaking, throwing clubs is extremely bad taste as is throwing a ball int the water after a poorly played shot or hole. Gives the wrong message to young players who need better role models. Better to give the club or ball to a youngster who would get a better message.

    Spoiled rotten players who do not have to pay for their tools become a tool when they display themselves as such.

  14. 4under68

    Aug 24, 2018 at 11:23 am

    The problem is that he’s not some 16 handi snapping his putter on the local muni. He’s a professional, in the spotlight, and needs to act in such a way. It’s never the arrow, always the archer. Retirement is calling John, answer the phone.

  15. Jim Garner

    Aug 24, 2018 at 11:21 am


  16. Terry, this is not a Game

    Aug 24, 2018 at 11:15 am

    Folks who condemn the club snapping are outing themselves as non letter winning, pine riding dorks

    • Madd

      Aug 24, 2018 at 11:28 am

      I wish more golfer would do what Jason Dufner does “NOW”.
      Give the putter to a young golf fan. ( hope it works better for you)
      WAR EAGLE!

      • JP

        Aug 24, 2018 at 3:07 pm

        Never seen him do that myself, but good for him. That’s freaking awesome. I’m a new fan of his now!

    • Tom

      Aug 24, 2018 at 11:32 am

      That’s debatable. I was a very successful ‘letter winner’, but it’s not my personality to express my emotions so outwardly. I’m fine if others do, but that doesn’t make those that conduct themselves in a more reserved manner any less competitive, or dorky for that matter.

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Tweets of the Week: Best golf posts from Twitter over the last week



Louis Oosthuizen cried tears of joy after winning the South African Open, while Patton Kizzire and Brian Harman triumphed at the QBE shootout. But those weren’t the only talking points over the last week in the golfing world. Here’s a look at some things you may have missed, and some of the quirkier moments from the world of golf dished out in the Twittersphere.

Uncanny Bubba Impression

He’s nailed impressions of Dustin Johnson and Keegan Bradley in the past, and now Jack Bartlett turned his talents to the mercurial Bubba Watson. The result is both hysterical and scarily impressive.

“Mud Ball!!”

Because the original “mud ball” moment is just as hilarious.

The Turf Chopper

A look into the future of golf on the fairways?

DeChambeau’s New Bag

Bryson showed off his slick new golf bag while in action last week. What do we think GolfWRXers?

Please Replace Divots

A squirrel at the QBE Shootout this week showing more etiquette on the course than some golfers do.

Open Championship Mania

An 11-year old’s mother showed just how much her boy enjoyed his experience at this year’s Open Championship…

…leading to The R&A and Open Championship combining to provide the kid with an experience that he will never forget.






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Exploring Ireland: Where to golf, drink and stay on the Emerald Isle. Pt. 2. Old Tom Morris Links, Donegal



In these series of articles, I will be taking you around the Emerald Isle providing you with great golf courses to visit in some of the loveliest spots in Ireland. I’ll also be highlighting the best and most authentic Irish bars in these spots, as well as places to stay, eat and how to get there. Whether you’re taking a golfing holiday to Ireland in 2019 or are interested in doing so sometime in the future, I’ll make sure to let you in on the best places to spend your time.

In Part One of our Exploring Ireland series, we focused on County Wicklow and showcased Woodbrook Golf Club. Now it’s time for Part Two, and we’re taking a trip to the far northwest corner of the island, and into County Donegal.

While it may not be the most accessible destination, Donegal is an absolute must for anyone traveling to Ireland. Voted number one on The National Geographic Traveler’s ‘cool list’ for 2017, Donegal is like no place you’ve ever seen. Full of breathtaking beaches, incredible walking trails, cosy pubs and of course, excellent golf courses, you’re guaranteed to have a great time here.

Old Tom Morris Links, Donegal


My pick for the top golf course to visit in the county is the Old Tom Morris Links, situated within the Rosapenna Hotel and Golf Resort.

In 1891, while a guest of Lord Leitrim, Old Tom Morris of St. Andrews decided to visit Donegal, and in typical Tom Morris fashion, he believed that it was the ideal location to build a championship course. What Morris created was a course with wide rolling fairways and magnificent greens that have stood the test of time.


The course was renovated twice before a new Strand Nine opened in 2009 which now plays as the front nine of the Old Tom Morris Links. The addition gives the course a wonderful mix of a traditional and modern links feel.

The challenging course plays over 6,900 yards from the back tees, and only offers up the relief of three par-fives. The challenge can also become even more daunting should the wind blow, and being situated along “The Wild Atlantic Way,” you should expect nothing less.


While you will no doubt enjoy the stern test and the natural feel of the golf course, visitors will have even more to look forward to should they take the trip here. The course runs along Tramore beach overlooking Sheephaven Bay and offers up sensational views no matter what hole you are on during your round.

The rates to play 18 holes at the Old Tom Morris Links begin at $40 in winter, and $60 during the summer months.

Food & Drink – The Olde Glen Bar, Carrigart


A 10-minute drive from the course will take you to The Olde Glen Bar a few minutes from Carrigart, which Ulster’s very own Hollywood star and golf fan Jamie Dornan (The Fall, 50 Shades of Grey) called the “best bar in the world.”

The bar first opened in 1768, making it one of the oldest bars in Donegal. The Olde Glen Bar has kept its very traditional feel, and when you get there, you will feel like you’ve been transported back in time. Wooden floors, big open-lit fires, low ceilings and door frames add to the charm of this little bar where there is always something going on.


There is live traditional music playing in the bar every weekend, and along with the music, The Olde Glen Bar boasts an excellent craft beer, whiskey and gin selection. The bar prides itself on its Kinnegar beer, brewed just up the road, and it’s well worth a try if Guinness isn’t your thing.

The bar also features a highly acclaimed restaurant, offering up dishes such as seatrout, venison, supreme of chicken and plenty of other delights.


Where To Stay

The obvious choice is the Rosapenna Hotel and Golf Resort itself. This luxury establishment will cater to all your needs and is the ideal place to stay when in the area if you have the money to splash out. A classic double room will set you back around $200 a night, or you can go for the stay and play option which provides you with two nights bed, and breakfast along with a round of golf at both the Old Tom Morris and the Sandy Hills Links for around $300 per person.

If you’re looking for somewhere less expensive or more traditional, then there are plenty of cottages in the area that will add even more character to your adventure. Here’s what you can expect should you wish to stay in an Irish cottage in the area, and it will give you a feel for true Irish life out on the Atlantic Ocean.


Donegal has lots to offer should you manage to pull yourself away from the course or the bar. Fishing, walking trails, surfing and scuba diving are all favorite activities to do while visiting Donegal. One must visit, however, is Glenveagh National Park, which is a nature reserve with beautiful scenery of mountains, lakes and woodlands. The highlight of the park though has to be Glenveagh Castle, built in 1870.

How To Get There

The lack of quality public transport in the area makes it a little trickier than other spots to get to, but if you’re driving, then there’s no issue at all. The Old Tom Morris Links is a 3 hrs 30mins drive from Dublin City Centre, 4hrs 10mins from Galway City Centre, and 1hr 15mins from Derry City Centre. If you happen to be flying into Donegal Airport, then it will take you around an hour to get to the area.

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Tweets of the Week: Best golf posts from Twitter over the last week



Jon Rahm triumphed in the Bahamas, Cameron Smith got the job done down under, and Kurt Kitayama was victorious in Mauritius, but there were plenty more talking points in the golfing world over the past week. Here’s a look at some things you may have missed, and some of the quirkier moments from the world of golf dished out in the Twittersphere.

Rose and Stenson’s Wardrobe Mishap

They proved how well they could perform together when they excelled at Le Golf National in September, but the European pair may have been a little too in sync on the opening day of the Hero World Challenge…

Focus like Chikkarangappa

Chikkarangappa lost his cool on the 16th hole in Mauritius over the weekend, but the Indian showed that it would take more than a ridiculously loud phone going off on his downswing to put him off his stride.

Tiger Fever

It’s reassuring to know that it isn’t just us humans who are obsessed with the 14-time major champ.

Dustin’s Stats

Another decent season for DJ then…

Tommy Fleetwood’s Perfect Solution

Controversy surrounded the result of the mega boxing match between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder over the weekend. The consensus was that Fury had won the fight, but when the contest was declared a draw, golfs very own Tommy Fleetwood came up with the only reasonable solution to decide the winner.

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