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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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Just a few of days after vowing to step up his attempts to improve his pace of play, a video has surfaced from this Wednesday’s Pro-Am at Medinah of DeChambeau defending his pace at last week’s event and attacking his critics.

The video which you can see here at the Twitter account @DMeyer06, appears to be taken on a fans Snapchat account, and within it DeChambeau states

“I was never on the clock last week, y’all can say whatever you want, but we’re having a fu**ing good time. So screw all y’all haters”

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“I’m constantly trying to improve and I will do my very best to improve my pace.”

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