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Ryder Cup 2023: Jon Rahm had a classic reaction to Tyrrell Hatton's self-deprecation

September 29, 2023

It was far from perfect, but Jon Rahm and Tyrrell Hatton's 4-and-3 drubbing of Scottie Scheffler and Sam Burns on Friday morning in Rome was as good as it gets as far as opening matches go. Leave it to Hatton, who could find a negative in a round of 59, to point out what he did wrong afterward.

After taking a 2 up lead through five holes, the U.S. side was able to get one back at the sixth when Hatton missed his 20-footer for birdie and Burns holed his 10-footer for birdie. But Rahm and Hatton immediately took back their lead at the par-3 seventh, Rahm nearly making a hole-in-one and earning a concession from the Americans. The duo never lost a hole again, eventually closing out the No. 1 player in the world and his best bud on the 15th hole. 

Naturally, in the post-round interview on Sky Sports, Hatton pointed out what went wrong, which yielded a nice belly laugh from his partner:

When these guys are on their own every week, it's understandable when they say that they feel they "left a few out there," even after a crazy-low round. Like MLB starting pitchers, you can never have too many birdies out on the PGA Tour. But in match play, at the Ryder Cup, it's just about winning holes by any means necessary, and in that regard it was a job well done by Rahm and Hatton. But Hatton is the type who can never shut off "I have to make everything" mode, which is a large part of the reason he's so good on the greens. 

But still, buddy, you dunked on them. Got the first point. It's all good. Relaaaaaxxxx.

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