LIV Golf’s newest team, Legion XIII, could not repeat their win at Mayakoba in Las Vegas as Jon Rahm and Tyrrell Hatton both vented their frustrations in Las Vegas
Tyrrell Hatton took issue with the Las Vegas Country Club greens as he fell short of his first LIV Golf title.
Hatton, 32, finished in a tie for 12th with Legion XIII teammate Caleb Surratt and Smash GC captain Brooks Koepka on six-under, six shots back of 4Aces GC skipper Dustin Johnson, who claimed the title on the outskirts of the Sin City strip.
His captain, Jon Rahm, faired slightly better, finishing eighth on eight-under, but it was not enough for the team to make the podium, instead finishing fifth. Two strokes separated Hatton and Rahm, but they were the same in sharing their frustrations with the greens while wearing a ‘hot mic’ during their rounds in Winchester, Nevada.
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Hatton’s outburst came after narrowly missing a 17-foot putt on Saturday. After seeing his shot veer right of the cup, he threw his head back and exclaimed: “No!”
The commentary continued as Hatton lamented: “So many times!” before concluding: “F*** these greens!” The latter comment led to LIV Golf commentator David Feherty remarking: “Mr Angry strikes again.”
It was not the first expletive Hatton had let out of the weekend after self-chirping himself on the 180-yard par-three fifth hole during the opening round. After playing what he perceived to be a poor tee shot only to end up 15 feet from the hole, he uttered: “Definitely a reason why I play PINGs for when I hit it that s**t.”
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While his clubs helped him out on that hole, his putters did not a day later, and neither did Rahm’s. On the same 17th hole that Hatton lamented, the Masters champion missed out on a birdie after missing his similarly distanced putt.
The shot failed to break as anticipated and veered a few inches to the left. Rahm remarked: “How is that f***ing possible man?” The misses proved costly for Hatton and Rahm as they combined to only walk away with £685k, compared to Johnson’s £3.1million, after missing out on the top five.
Fortunately for them, they will not lose any of that prize money to fines from LIV Golf. That subject was broached during the team’s introductory press conference late last month in Mexico.
Hatton got asked about his infamous swearing and the potential for the league to issue fines for such profanity, at which Rahm interjected by asking: “Hold on, do they (fine for that) because we’re both in trouble.”
After the moderator confirmed that they do not punish players for that, Hatton remarked: “Yeah, I think me and Jon could have been in trouble, but I think we’ll be okay.”
Rahm added: “We would have definitely been in trouble before. At least I have.” Hatton urged Rahm at the Ryder Cup to swear in Spanish rather than English before concluding: “I think I would probably win in a swear-off. I’ve got everyone (on the team) covered when it comes to that.”