Saturday’s round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational featured a lot of great shots by players like Martin Laird, Rickie Fowler, and Bubba Watson. The camera’s also captured some not so great moments by Tiger Woods and Spencer Levin. Levin, no stranger to getting hot under the collar, flared his tee shot on the 16th hole well right and then decided to take two more vicious hacks at the air with his driver that were so violent, had he let go of the club he probably would have impaled someone.
Tiger’s unsavory moment came on the front nine after he pulled a drive probably more than 30 yards left, which prompted him to whip his club down in to the ground while letting go of it. Woods caught a lot of flak for doing something similar in the last tournament he won in Australia, before his scandel broke. There, the club bounced off the ground and in to the gallery.
We can’t be so naive to think that this stuff doesn’t happen on TOUR, but it’s just brought to light so much more when the cameras are on these guys every shot along the way. Levin is trying to win his first tournament on TOUR, and has had a fantastic year thus far. But he needs to learn to control his emotions while under pressure. Very rarely do you see such a violent reaction from someone who is in the final group of a tournament. On the complete opposite end of the spectrum is Martin Laird, who is so cool, calm, and collected. After Levin’s outburst Laird still had to tee it up, where he calmly striped his drive down the middle and proceeded to make birdie.
Spencer Levin is fantastic young player, and one has to just hope he continues to mature and learn to control his emotions on the course. Tiger on the other hand was supposedly over this type of behavior. Although, struggling with a new swing and an extremely inconsistent game can undoubtedly bring back old habits.
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