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Tyrrell Hatton sounds off on ‘unfair’ Augusta National

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There isn’t another course on earth that can replicate the excitement generated by Augusta National year in and year out. The tournament usually creates drama on the leaderboard and has provided some of the most memorable moments in golf history. Everyone loves the Masters.

Well, almost everyone. Count Tyrrell Hatton among the few who aren’t overly enthusiastic about Augusta National.

The Englishman finished in last place (+17) among those who made the cut this past week and shot 79-80 over the weekend.

“I’m glad it’s over,” he said, admitting he had “lost interest” due to his struggles.

“This course doesn’t really suit my eye, to be honest, so it’s just one of those weeks that I feel like if I come back in the future, it’s just a case of trying to get through the best that I can.”

“You can hit good shots here and not get any reward for it. It’s unfair at times. I don’t agree with that.

“If you hit a good shot, you should end up near the hole. Not then short-sided into a bunker because of the slopes that they’ve created and stuff. I don’t think it’s a fair test at times, and when you hit good shots and you’re not rewarded for it, it shows.

“With the scores I had going, it’s not even trying to build on anything for next week. I’m just trying to ideally get off the golf course as fast as possible.”

Hatton has struggled at major championships throughout his career. In his past eight major starts, he has missed five cuts. Among the other three finishes, only one was a top twenty. Ironically, that top twenty (18th) came last year at Augusta National.

The 30-year-old is in the field for this week’s RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links, which is a course that should be a much better fit for his skill set.

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  1. KingSlender

    Apr 20, 2022 at 1:40 pm

    If you hit it where you think you’re supposed to hit it and it rolls off into a bunker and you’re shortsided, that’s not where you were supposed to hit it.

    • Chuck

      Apr 24, 2022 at 9:58 am

      ^^^^
      One hundred percent this. The absolute essence not only of basic golf course design, but of interesting and quality golf course design.

  2. Mike Stone

    Apr 16, 2022 at 9:12 am

    I love the masters!
    One week in April
    When I was young
    I dreamed of presents under the tree
    I love the masters!
    I love the masters!
    One week in April is a Christmas present to me

    Skipping balls on 16
    The par 3 contest
    Honorary starter, warm your heart smile
    A back 9 crowd roar
    It shakes the hillside
    Sends chills up your spine
    Sends chills up mine!

    I love the masters!
    One week in April
    When I was young
    I dreamed of presents under the tree
    I love the masters
    I love the masters
    One week in April is a Christmas present to me

    Pink lemonades are souvenirs,
    Those little cups you keep
    Treasure for years
    Sweet magic memories in my mind
    They touch, they thrill me everytime

    Ooooohhhhhhhhhhh
    Aaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh
    Ooooooohhhhhhhhhh
    Aaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh
    Ooooooohhhhhhhhhh
    Aaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh

  3. Golf Puff

    Apr 15, 2022 at 8:17 pm

    If you don’t like it, DON’T PLAY! No one is forcing Hatton to play. Stay in Europe.

  4. Danbury

    Apr 15, 2022 at 5:16 pm

    Sergio said the same thing one year and he won so.. eventually the luck will get to him

  5. Pete

    Apr 15, 2022 at 12:24 am

    I thought my club had some complainers.

    “I hit the perfect shot into 7! Landed left of the pin and ITWAS SPAT OUT! This course is shit!!
    Yeah, after 10years here, I would have thought you’d know you cannot land it in that left swale and expect it to stick.. but that’s just me, I guess.

  6. Dana R.

    Apr 13, 2022 at 11:39 pm

    I think Lee Trevino felt the same way about the course, if memory serves me correctly. But the Merry Mex made up for it in a lot of other places.

    • Pete

      Apr 15, 2022 at 12:17 am

      I thought he only lamented the course didn’t suit his ball- flight shape.

    • Golf Puff

      Apr 18, 2022 at 11:15 pm

      Yes, he did feel that way not only about the course not suiting his game but also the way southerners treated him back then. The side barb returned by the Masters chairman (Clifford Roberts?) was something like, “We think he has the game to win anywhere.” Trevino has since said he wished he played in the event (and won it).

  7. Bing

    Apr 13, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    Maybe he lost energy with that big stomach and cut off blood supply with those way too tight matador pants!

  8. Joe

    Apr 13, 2022 at 7:43 pm

    He’s such a pathetic whiner

  9. ChipNRun

    Apr 13, 2022 at 4:54 pm

    Hatton also got upset at the Abu Dhabi Classic after he took a 7 and 9 on the 646-yard 18th hole. (See p. 42)
    https://www.golfcoursearchitecture.net/digital/magazine/issue68/40/

  10. ChipNRun

    Apr 13, 2022 at 4:52 pm

    “The Englishman finished in last place (+17)…

    (TH said…) “You can hit good shots here and not get any reward for it. It’s unfair at times. I don’t agree with that.”
    ———————–

    Hate to say it, but at +17, Tyrell might also have hit some BAD shots at Augusta.

    Earlier at the 2022 Abu Dhabi Classic, Hatton also got bent out of shape about the long 646-yard finishing hole. Hatton took 7 on Day 2 and 9 on Day 3. He assumed he was entitled to go for the green in two, evidently regardless of how his drive turned out. See p. 42.
    https://www.golfcoursearchitecture.net/digital/magazine/issue68/40/

    What’s worse, Hatton was defending champ from 2021; sadly he finished sixth this year after drowning in the watery 18th hole.

  11. Brian

    Apr 13, 2022 at 10:18 am

    “We have to play the most precise golf under the most extreme pressures.”
    -Sir Nick Faldo
    1996 from Butler Cabin

  12. Gordy3279

    Apr 13, 2022 at 10:04 am

    Come on dude. Everyone plays the same course. It is ok to not really like the layout of the course and it doesn’t suit your eye etc..but when players in 20-30mph winds go out and shoot under 70..can’t be to unfair.

  13. cb

    Apr 13, 2022 at 9:25 am

    Unreal this guy is a real POS he wont be back next year. They have to invite you Tyrell DUH

    • Brian

      Apr 17, 2022 at 9:26 am

      Really, he’s a POS because he doesn’t like a golf course? Get a grip, guy.

  14. Peter Sallis

    Apr 13, 2022 at 2:40 am

    Good to hear a player being honest. The tournament and course is given excessive reverence.

  15. Ian Tarrant

    Apr 12, 2022 at 2:57 pm

    I was beside the 17th tee on Thurs. and Tyrell was complaining about something to who I believe was his agent next to me. After the exchange, he starting looking down the fairway and his caddy gestured to us and the agent guy with an eye roll and choking himself motion to Tyrell whose back was to him… Laughs all around, Mr. Hatton was obviously very frustrated and it was only the end of round 1!

  16. El Tigre

    Apr 12, 2022 at 1:22 pm

    Sounds like he got a TON of participation trophies growing up.

  17. Hooded 4-Iron

    Apr 12, 2022 at 10:36 am

    Have some cheese with that whine, Tyrell. I’m guessing you don’t like links golf, either. Here are a couple of tips for you; hit better shots or don’t show up.

    PS: The second tip may not apply since you probably won’t be invited back.

  18. Imafitter

    Apr 12, 2022 at 10:23 am

    I hope Hatton is not invited again. He embarrassed himself, and his equipment sponsor,Ping.

  19. Jack Nash

    Apr 12, 2022 at 8:36 am

    Does Hatton realize the Masters is an “Invitational”?

  20. Ned

    Apr 12, 2022 at 7:09 am

    Oh so he was playing a different course than Scottie and Camron. Can’t believe these guys playing for $2.7 million and gripping about it being difficult BOOHOO.

  21. Big Guy

    Apr 12, 2022 at 6:56 am

    “You can hit good shots here and not get any reward for it“

    At last place of the weekend players, maybe Tyrell needs to recalibrate his understanding of what a ‘good shot is’..

    • eric

      Apr 12, 2022 at 9:52 pm

      Three things:

      1. Augusta penalizes good shots more than any other. I don’t care for Augusta National. It’s a one trick pony relying on being “pretty”.

      2. Tyrell his a lot of good iron approaches.

      3. Tyrell needs to stop with the public demonstrations of anger. It’s just not cut. His parents failed.

  22. Kevin Kelleher

    Apr 11, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    Scheffler probably doesn’t think the course was unfair. McElroy probably doesn’t think the course was unfair. Lowry probably doesn’t think the course was unfair. Only the guy who finished 52nd out of 52 players who made the cut thinks the course was unfair. Don’t Come Back.

  23. Tim

    Apr 11, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    Obviously Tyrrell didn’t hit too many good shots!!!

  24. Tom Kay

    Apr 11, 2022 at 5:15 pm

    Flash forward 40 years and Tyrrell will be playing Judge Smails in Caddyshack 3.

  25. HR Fernández

    Apr 11, 2022 at 3:12 pm

    My suggestion for the lad?

    Turn down the invitation, problem solved.

    I personally don’t care for ANGC, but I also know I will never play it.

  26. Tony

    Apr 11, 2022 at 2:34 pm

    Sore looser! Everyone played on the same course that you did. Maybe you are better suited for a miniature golf course. Man up dude!!! You lost because you did not play good enough. Man up!

  27. Acemandrake

    Apr 11, 2022 at 12:48 pm

    “Play away from the hole to get near it.”

    Lots of discipline is needed to do this all day.

  28. Farkas

    Apr 11, 2022 at 12:36 pm

    cry baby, cry….

  29. Geott

    Apr 11, 2022 at 12:23 pm

    Dude makes millions playing golf for a living and complains about a course almost no average person will ever get to set a foot on. STFU and just play, crying little baby.

  30. Ron

    Apr 11, 2022 at 11:12 am

    Tyrrell whining. Not news.

  31. Eric

    Apr 11, 2022 at 10:24 am

    I don’t typically agree with those who whine about fairness when everyone plays the same course. BUT I AGREE WITH TYRELL in this case. I watch 3 of his shots he hit perfectly above the hole and off to the side, which dropped, slowly rolled within inches of the hole, and proceeded to end up 40 feet from the cup. He hit the most predictable spot for a good outcome, and there was no reward. Too much dumb luck is involved at Augusta. And there is always some luck involved in winning a golf tournament, but good shots shouldn’t be penalized this harshly. THIS is why I prefer the Open (British) Championship. Shotmaking takes the front seat.

    This all being said, he needs to remove the emotion from each tee box and move on. Don’t like it? Don’t show up each year.

    • Dan

      Apr 11, 2022 at 2:36 pm

      Isn’t that golf in a nutshell though? Not every good shot is rewarded and not every terrible shot is punished. How many shots do we see per season rattle off the pin then spin off the green vs being 4ft away if they didn’t hit the flag? How many horrible tee shots do we see get bailed out by hitting a tree and coming back into the fairway? Not to mention the drives we hit down the middle of the fairway, but end up in someones old divot. This is golf, golf is hard, Augusta is hard and you need to know how to get around it and navigate the pin locations, since they are pretty predictable year after year.

      To your point, if he thinks the course is unfair, dont show up and let someone else get the invitation.

    • Jayde

      Apr 12, 2022 at 7:40 am

      Well said. The Masters is unique. I also think the media have over played his take. He had a bad week and half the field didn’t even make the cut.

    • John Marra

      Apr 12, 2022 at 12:51 pm

      Suggesting that there is no ‘luck of the roll’ at the Open Championship is not factual. Links golf, by its very nature, involves playing off very jumps and contours. Carry a little extra speed and you’re 40 yards past the target!! AGNC involves hitting the right spots WITH the right amount of spin. The ‘dead hands’ wedge shot is critical. Hatton blames everything but himself. I’m tired of his tantrums and antics.

      • eric

        Apr 12, 2022 at 9:49 pm

        A quote from my initial post above: “And there is always some luck involved in winning a golf tournament, but good shots shouldn’t be penalized quite THIS harshly.”

        So saying I suggested there is no luck of the roll at the OPEN is not factual.

        We can both agree that his antics are tiring A.F.

    • Mike

      Apr 14, 2022 at 11:24 am

      But the best player in the world won the tournament. If it was really all about the luck of the draw then you would likely see some random guy winning. Guys like Jack and Tiger who are likely the best of all time also did really well at AGNC so I don’t think it’s correct to say it’s just whoever gets lucky.

    • Chuck

      Apr 16, 2022 at 9:17 am

      What I would say to you, Eric, and to Hatton, is to please be specific about exactly which holes, and which shots, and which design features are deficient. I’d like to hear your specifics. I’d like to know exactly what you think the deficiencies are, and what your remedy is, or how you think the hole(s) could be made more interesting.

      Almost by definition, Hatton is describing the opposite of what is interesting. Hatton is saying that he sees a direct line to the hole, and wants to fly the ball to that spot. But it didn’t work. His ball didn’t stay there.

      This is what was described by Dr. Mackenzie and Max Behr; it was the choice of “the line of instinct” (the visual direct line to the hole) versus “the line of charm.” The line of charm is directed by strategic elements. Hazards, bumps, rolls, difficult lies, it is indirect. One does not see the line of charm until one knows the course. And endless study of the course is what yields (on the best courses) an endlessly deepening understanding of the line of charm.

      Dr. Mackenzie: “Analyze the holes on the OC at St Andrews. There is hardly a hole where the correct line is direct from the tee to green. We have pointed out before where Max Behr says the direct line is the line of instinct and if we wish to make a hole interesting we must break up that line and create the line of charm.”(“The Spirit of St. Andrews,” p. 122.)

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Greg Norman to make shock major championship comeback

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Greg Norman has unveiled his plans to make a surprising playing comeback this summer at the 2022 Open Championship

The 67-year-old, who has been a headline maker in 2022 for spearheading the controversial Saudi Arabia-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series, told News Corp’s Daily Telegraph: “I’m filling out my entry form now, I think I’m going. I think I can still get in.”

The Aussie has not competed professionally for over a decade and would likely need to qualify for the event at St. Andrews, with players under 60 only being eligible for exemptions unless an exception was made for the Shark.

The two-time Open winner told News Corp that the lure of St. Andrews had sparked his plan to tee it up at the tournament: “It’s the 150th. I’m a past Open champion. I love St Andrews. If there’s a moment in time that I would consider going back and teeing off one last time, maybe this is it.”

Norman last competed at the Open Championship back in 2009, where he missed the cut a year after finishing T3 at the event at the age of 53.

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‘You f—–g clown’ – The hilarious story of when Tiger’s caddie dropped his 9-iron in the water at the Ryder Cup

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When it comes to best ever years on tour for Tiger Woods, 2006 is right up there.

Woods won eight times that season, including two major championships, resulting in a better than 50% win average in what is the greatest strokes-gained season in recorded history (since 2004).

One blemish for the year came at the 2006 Ryder Cup when Woods was part of the U.S. side that got annihilated 18.5 to 9.5 by the Europeans at the K Club in Ireland.

Tiger did, however, record three points out of five himself, but perhaps the main takeaway for Team Woods that week was the hilarious story of the missing 9-iron.

Speaking on the podcast ‘Chasing Majors’ alongside golf journalist and host Evin Priest, Steve Williams described what exactly went down that day:

“So it’s a par 3, a green that has all water to the front of it and to the right of it. And I’m leaning on Tiger’s club, he’s up there putting, and I’m leaning on this club, and I slip, and I’ve either got to let me go in the water or the club, so I let the club go.”

With a couple of holes left in the round, Williams decided not to tell Tiger what had happened, hoping that he could get to the house without Woods realising.

Tempted to ask Jim Furyk to hit another club off the tee to ensure that Tiger wouldn’t have a 9-iron yardage in their foursomes pairing, the Kiwi decided to ride his luck.

Unfortunately for Williams, that gamble did not pay off:

“We go to the next hole, I believe he was playing with Jim Furyk, Tiger’s going to hit his second shot, and it’s the bloody 9-iron. And I’m thinking, ‘I just can’t give him the yardage for an 8 or a wedge; it’s a 9, I can’t deviate this one.’

And he goes to pull the 9-iron out, and he says ‘Where’s the 9-iron?’ and I said ‘You know that lake back there?’ (laughing)”

Williams described on the podcast that the incident was something he’ll never forget and revealed Tiger’s classic reaction to him: “You f—–g clown. Only you.”

It was all good-natured, with Williams saying it’s his only memory of the event and that Woods and himself laughed about the incident for ages afterwards.

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The best restaurant in New Orleans, according to PGA Tour players

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This week, the PGA Tour traveled to New Orleans for the 2022 Zurich Classic. Since it’s a two-man team event, the Zurich has a naturally unique vibe compared to the rest of the PGA Tour schedule. I mean, how many other PGA Tour events do players have a walk-up song playing as they prepare to hit the first tee shot?

Known as “The Big Easy,” New Orleans is the perfect host city for the relatively laid back event. I’m

New Orleans is also home to world-renowned Creole and Cajun style restaurants, serving local specialties such as gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice, crawfish étouffée, po-boys, oysters, beignets, and bananas foster. When you’re in The Big Easy, it’s best to bring a big appetite.

The only problem in New Orleans, though, is deciding what restaurants to actually eat at. In a 2018 analysis, The Advocate found there are 1,216 restaurants in the city of New Orleans.

Every local swears by their own recommendations, but I wanted to find out what PGA Tour players deem to be the best restaurant in New Orleans.

Here’s what they had to say…

Xander Schauffele: Gosh, I’ve been to a few. GW Fins is really good. There’s a lot honestly, and different styles of cuisine, too. Yeah, there’s a lot. I’ve definitely enjoyed the food here.

Jason Dufner: I don’t know if I have a favorite, I’ve eaten at so many good ones. There was an Italian place I really like but it closed. There’s so much good food here it’s tough to pick. Anything you choose seafood wise is always a good pick.

Billy Horschel: Desi Vega’s Steakhouse on Lafayette Square.

Collin Morikawa: I don’t know. I was only here last year. There’s so many places. Just be ready for a lot of butter.

Cameron Tringale: One I went to last year that was excellent was Clancy’s. It’s a somewhat hidden spot.

Sergio Garcia: I wish I could tell you. We went to one in 2019, but I can’t remember the name of it. It was unbelievable. I’m sorry, I can’t remember the name of it.

Brandt Snedeker: You gotta do one of the Oyster houses, man. Down here, I love oysters. I’ll hit up Acme or Drago’s while I’m here, they’re two famous places. Oysters and crawfish, gotta have it while you’re down here.

Tommy Fleetwood: It’s just gotta be oysters. I don’t have a spot for them, so I’m taking any recommendations.

Henrik Stenson: I’m still looking for the best one. I haven’t been out that much. I’ve been to a couple that were great, but I can’t remember their names. It’s a great town for food. I’ll have to get out and get a couple good answers for you.

Keith Mitchell: Clancy’s. The cold smoked fried soft shell crab. And then Galatoire’s. They have like this Galatoire’s salad. I don’t remember the name of the salad. Never in my life will I tell you to order a salad any other place.

Joaquin Niemann: I’m not sure yet. The first time I was here was two years ago, but I didn’t go out. I’m going to go investigate this year.

For non-food related coverage of the Zurich Classic, check out our golf equipment photos from this week in the GolfWRX forums.

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