Any average golfer has experienced the frustration of trying to put a little white ball in a hole hundreds of yards away. Sometimes those frustrations boil over, resulting in a club being tossed or even snapped over the knee.
For PGA Tour professional Danny Lee (30) at the U.S. Open this past weekend, it resulted in a withdrawal from the tournament – a meltdown moment rarely seen on the professional level. His outburst was also a reminder for golf fans that even the best in the world can have bad holes and it makes what they do on a consistent basis all that more impressive.
In the 2020 season, Danny Lee had a solid year on Tour earning three top-10s and finishing 45th in the FedEx Cup rankings with more than $2 million in earnings. This past weekend Lee joined the world’s top golfers in New York at the famed Winged Foot Golf Club for the U.S.
Open. After solid scores of 70 and 75 on the challenging course, the Kiwi made the weekend cut. Finishing up his third round, Lee faced a four-footer for par at Winged Foot’s 18th hole, a putt he could not convert. Lee missed the comebacker as well and proceeded to play “whack-a-mole,” nonchalantly swiping at the ball until it found the cup.
Lee ended up with six putts on the green, equating to a quintuple-bogey 9. He then walked over to his bag, and angrily slammed his putter into the bag twice before walking away. Lee withdrew from the tournament following his round, citing a wrist injury.
Shortly after his score was posted, Lee withdrew from the event citing a wrist injury.
Lee apologized on Twitter and pledged better sportsmanship in the future.
“I apologize for my poor actions at U.S. Open last week,” the statement read.
“It was very unprofessional and foolish. obviously hurt lots of my fans and followers and my sponsors out there... my frustration took over me and combined with injury I had to fight with it for all week. “Still it’s just an excuse.
I shouldn’t left like that... and also like to apologize to USGA they did Tremendous job last week at Winged Foot. On the course and off the course. Now I'm going to take some time off and think about what I did and starting next time I’ll show up as a better person and have better sportsmanship.
Thank you”. Lee, 27, made 22 starts on the PGA Tour last season and finished 45th in the FedEx Cup. He is not in this week's Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship field. Lee was one of the last players added to the all-exempt field, earning a spot at Winged Foot by virtue of his 45th-place finish on the final 2019-20 FedExCup points list. A former U.S. Amateur winner in 2008 at age 18, his lone PGA Tour win came at The Greenbrier in 2015.