Matt Jones took a page out of Matt Every’s playbook.
No, Jones won’t win at Bay Hill as Every did in 2014 and ’15. But the 41-year-old Aussie let his club fly, as Every has infamously done before, after a disappointing start to his Saturday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Aside from a 5-footer on the first hole, Jones didn’t drop a putt longer than 3 feet on the front nine. With frustration brewing, after missing an 8-foot birdie putt on No. 11, he tapped in for par, picked up his ball and launched his flatstick into the water.
“Did you hear what he said? He said, ‘I’m done, I’ve had enough of it,'” Steve Sands said on the NBC broadcast following Jones’ episode.
Full-field scores from the Arnold Palmer Invitational
For the rest of his round, Jones putted with a sand wedge. On the first hole after chucking his putter, he almost made a 41-footer for birdie. However, he wouldn’t record a birdie or better for the rest of the day and was 64th in strokes gained: putting on Saturday. Jones shot 4-over 76 and was T-58 at 5 over par.
It was a rough round for the two-time Tour winner, but everyone has had one of those days on the course.
“I think every golfer out there has had some fit of anger at some point and tossed a club,” NBC analyst Peter Jacobsen said on the call.