'That's actually disgusting' - Tyrrell Hatton remains the GOAT of smack-talking himself
In golf, there's a very fine line between self-deprecation and self-loathing. Tyrrell Hatton is among the all-time greats at straddling this line whenever he hits what he deems to be a poor shot.
On Thursday at the DP World Tour Championship, Hatton began his opening round two under through the first three holes, having made back-to-back birdies at the par-5 second and par-4 third. At the par-3 fourth, the Englishman must have despised how he struck the golf ball, because he only followed through with one hand and then gently flicked the club forward in disgust, a Hatton staple.
He then proceeded to put on a masterclass in sh-t-talking. Who was he sh-t-talking, you ask? Himself, as is tradition.
"That deserved to actually plug and never be seen again," he said when the fall found a greenside bunker. "That's actually disgusting."
Incredible. Of course, most of us watching would take that as our "miss" and be thrilled. But for Hatton, anything slightly off line or somewhat poorly struck is cause for a half-minute self-own sesh. An artist at work.
This joins such classics as "no, answer the question" from Bay Hill in 2019:
And "that was worth the wait, wasn't it?", which Hatton said to himself after badly missing a par-5 green in two at the Palmetto Championship last June:
He smack-talks other people, too, like his own wife:
Sometimes, Hatton doesn't need to say anything at all to get his point across:
The man is building quite the highlight reel of anger. And, as is often the case, he played pretty solidly outside of the fourth hole on Thursday. He shot a two-under 70 with five birdies, one bogey at No. 4 and a double bogey at the front nine's other par 3, the sixth. If anybody has video footage of that one, that's something we'd all be interested in.