Adam Hadwin threw his club in a bush … and had to endure the walk of shame to retrieve it

Adam Hadwin

Adam Hadwin retrieves his club from the bushes after throwing it.

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There are few things in life that can make you as hot under the collar as a disappointing golf shot.

And as such, the professional golf world is filled with hotheads — and the recreational golf world too, for that matter.

And there’s perhaps no tournament that frustrates quite like the U.S. Open, which is specifically set up to identify the player with the most skill, patience and intestinal fortitude.

While Los Angeles Country Club yielded record-low scores on Thursday, on Friday, the course showed some teeth. And while some pros opted to demonstrate their frustration with an exclamation of profanity (in Jordan Spieth’s case) or a swipe at course signage (Jon Rahm), others, like Adam Hadwin, who recently made headlines for being tackled by security at the RBC Canadian Open, went with the classic club throw.

The only problem? Hadwin’s club landed in a bush, and he kind of, um, needed it for the rest of the round.

The classic, mic-drop method of club-throwing generally involves not only ridding yourself of your club, but also storming off the course in protest, and temporarily swearing off the game, too.

Unfortunately, the timing wasn’t ideal for Hadwin, since he was still battling the U.S. Open cutline. So he was instead forced to embark on the walk of shame into the bushes. Credit to Hadwin for doing the honorable thing and retrieving the club himself, stepping over a red-staked penalty area into a thicket. Luckily, the club was visible, and Hadwin even received a brief round of applause from the gallery once he located it.

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The best news? Hadwin did end up making the cut on the number, after signing for a two-over 72.

And he could even find the humor in the incident afterward, responding to the video posted on Twitter with this bit of humility:

“I didn’t have to [retrieve the club],” Hadwin wrote, “but being the good Canadian kid I am, I didn’t think it was fair to send my caddy.” Editor

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