Might Hatton be a fair higher participant if he was in a position to management his mood? Sir Nick Faldo was certainly one of fairly a couple of pundits to tip him to do effectively this week, however he cautioned: “We all know he can lose his head. If he can make sure that losing his head is just for entertainment and doesn’t affect the next shot, then he could be, with his ball striking, keeping himself [in contention].”
Who is aware of to what extent his chuntering affected his spherical yesterday but it surely was on full show nearly from the phrase go. Hatton drove proper into the timber on the first, then into the appropriate facet bunker on the par-five second (earlier than an impressive wedge shot, which arrange his solely birdie of the day), missed proper once more at three, and missed the inexperienced at 4. By the time he drove straight in direction of the bunkers at 5, he was livid with himself.
“I can’t wait to drive home,” he shouted at nobody specifically. Hatton later admitted he would have favored a “time machine to fast forward to the end of the round” then and there. Hatton could be very relatable in addition to being vibrant.
It didn’t assist, maybe, that he needed to carry his golf equipment for a part of his spherical, with caddie Mick Donaghy battling a knee harm.
“This is actually his last event for a while,” Hatton later revealed. “He goes to go house and see a physician and discover out what the subsequent step is for him.
Hopefully he isn’t out for too lengthy, however for his sake, he must get it proper earlier than he comes [back] out.
“This is a tricky stroll for even the fittest caddies. Obviously, the baggage are fairly heavy, and with the slopes that they’re strolling up and down, it’s robust. I did it the opposite day strolling up 8, which I can say wasn’t a enjoyable stroll.
“Maybe I’ll be better off if I come back being a caddie here rather than trying to hit golf shots.”