After losing his temper and sending his driver into a tree, Joost Luiten then lost two more clubs while trying to retrieve the first.
Dutch golfer Joost Luiten didn’t have the best final round at the DP World Tour Championship over the weekend.
Having just made a bogey on the eighth hole at the Jumeirah Golf Estates, Earth Course in Dubai, Luiten hit his drive into the rough down the left-hand side of the ninth hole. Rather than blame a poor swing, he took his anger out on the driver and launched it into a tree, where it got stuck.
Luiten’s caddie climbed the tree and attempted to shake a branch to retrieve the club. Meanwhile, Luiten threw another club into the tree hoping to dislodge the first and it too got stuck. It then happened a third time.
Luiten then took his frustrations out with a swift kick to his golf bag.
Golf.com’s Nick Piastowski also reported that Luiten’s 8-month pregnant wife was the person who delivered the three clubs to him after they were found and he seemed like he’d cooled down after the round and was a good sport to recount the incident.
“I had just made bogey at the eighth. I was frustrated, one of those weeks, nothing went my way. [I] lost it and threw my driver and it got stuck up a tree. That sums up my week nicely,” Luiten said after the round.
“Tried to get it out with some other clubs throwing at it and two other clubs got stuck up the tree so I couldn’t get them out. I just went on and played the rest of the hole and one of the volunteers got them out, or else it would have been a funny round to finish with 11 clubs.”
Luiten finished in 48th place with an overall tournament score of 3-over. Nicolai Hojgaard won the tournament at 21-under par.