I played in a money game once in Mesa, Ariz., with a guy that holds the course record at the golf course I was playing. He golfed at New Mexico State, and seemed to be one of those rare types that could shoot 67 after four months off from playing. On the 13th hole, after a tough day on the greens, he calmly, politely snapped his putter over his knee, and ended up playing the rest of the round 2-under.
Sadly, this man has nothing on Miguel Angel Jimenez. A man I ranked fifth in my "Top-25 Coolest Golfers of All-Time" now might be even cooler after he snapped his putter in the second round of the Volvo Golf Champions. Jimenez did this on 14th hole of the day, only to reel off three straight birdies to close his round and tie for the lead, putting with his lob wedge!
Yep, as you see in the above photo, Jimenez had to go lob wedge on the field, and made birdies on 15, 16, and 17 before closing with a par on his 18th hole to sit at 11-under, tied with Edoardo Molinari Raphael Jacquelin.
Don't think that some of his friends on the European Tour didn't take the opportunity to rib Jimenez about the lob wedge "decision." Ron Sirak tweeted that Darren Clarke said, of the putter throw, "His backswing was a little bit wrong but the release was perfect. It was beautiful."
So, my reminder to all the young golfers in the world, so you can avoid any incident like Jimenez had on Friday -- if you're going to toss a club, make sure it flies parallel to the ground, and there isn't a tree or golf cart in the path to the next fairway. You're welcome.