WATCH: Henrik Stenson snaps his club at PGA — but does so with a Zen-like calm

Henrik Stenson

Henrik Stenson snaps his club on Sunday after his second shot on the 15th hole at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island.

Henrik Stenson, during the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in January, was part of a European Tour social media spoof entitled: “Angry Golfers,” where he and five other players sought blowup counseling. There, Stenson explained the joys of a good club snap. 

“As you know, I’ve been attending these meetings for a number of years now,” Stenson said with a comedic straight face. “Anger affects people differently, but as I like to tell the guys, breaking stuff really helps. The secret to not snapping clubs on the course … is doing it away from the course.”

But if you have to on the course, he has a tip for that, too. 

On the 466-yard, par-4 15th on the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, Stenson hit his approach left and into the waste area beside the green. It followed a bogey two holes earlier during Sunday’s final round of the PGA Championship. It proceeded a front-nine 40 during Saturday’s third round, and a back-nine 41 during Friday’s second round. 

Stenson took a few steps toward his bag to his right, leaned the bottom of his iron into the ground and snapped it.

“Uh,” one announcer said on the ESPN broadcast. 

“Oh, here we go,” another announcer said. 

Only then, Stenson folded the club in two, placed it into his bag and moved on. Nothing to see here. 

Anger affects people differently. 

Nick Piastowski

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