For Pete's Sake

Tommy Fleetwood flipped off his golf ball at The Masters after missing a putt

Tommy Fleetwood, of England, watches his tee shot on the 16th hole during the second round of The Players Championship golf tournament Friday, March 15, 2019, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Tommy Fleetwood, of England, watches his tee shot on the 16th hole during the second round of The Players Championship golf tournament Friday, March 15, 2019, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. AP Photo

In a way, this is a tradition like no other: golfers who get upset when they miss a short putt.

It happens to weekend duffers and professionals at The Masters.

On Saturday at August, Ga., Tommy Fleetwood thought he had a fairly easy birdie on the par-5 13th hole, but he missed the putt. Fleetwood was visibly upset and ... flipped off the golf ball.

Or maybe he flipped the bird at the hole. Either way, the middle finger was shown briefly.

Naturally, it was caught on camera, too. Not sure I need to warn anyone, but here’s a reminder that this is an obscene gesture:

The television commentators didn’t seems fazed.

Fleetwood shot a 2-under in Saturday’s third round and was at 4-under for the tournament.

Oh, and Fleetwood isn’t the first golfer to give the ball the finger as one fan noted:

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From covering the World Series to the World Cup, Pete has done a little bit of everything since joining The Star in 1997. He writes about baseball and has a quirky blog that augments The Star’s coverage of area teams.
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