TROON, Scotland -- What's that they say about links golf? Firm and fast, right? More telling of these typical terrain conditions than any of Rory McIlroy's shots was his reaction to one of them on Saturday.
Going for the par-5 16th in two at Royal Troon in the third round of the 145th Open Championship, McIlroy hung his 3-wood out to the right -- and then he flung it at the ground in disgust. The club never had a chance, immediately snapping upon meeting the turf. Check it out:
Of course, this caused a bunch of Olympics/"Grow the game" jokes, a reference to McIlroy's comments from earlier in the week that his focus is on winning golf tournaments, and not golf's next generation. What about the kids, Rory?!
It's also not the first time we've seen Rory lose his cool with his equipment. At last year's WGC-Cadillac Championship, McIlroy tossed his 3-iron into a lake at Doral after a bad shot. However, that club, which was eventually fished out and returned to Rory, had it easy with a splash landing.