Matt Jones sends putter flying into a lake at Bay Hill after bad birdie stroke


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Sometimes a putter just needs to be sent to the depths in any nearby water hazard. Completely normal there, following one too many badly missed putts. But after a par?

Apparently, Matt Jones wasn’t consoled by making par after missing an 8-foot birdie attempt and tossing his flat stick into a lake on the 11th hole at Bay Hill during Saturday’s third round of the PGA Tour’s Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando.

“Matt a little frustrated there,” announcer Steve Sands said. “Did you hear what he said? He said, ‘I’m done, I’ve had enough of it.’ ”

Jones wasn’t having much of a week on the greens, and through 15 holes was -2.062 in strokes gained putting for the third round. The stroke that sent him over the edge was particularly weak, missing wide left and barely long enough to have reached the cup on No. 11. After tapping in one-handed for the par, Jones did a full “Happy Gilmore” and sent the putter flying into the drink.

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Jones was 1 over par in his round at the time and was forced to switch to putting with a wedge. His round didn’t get any better with a double bogey on the 15th. Jones ranks 115th on Tour in putting this season with a -0.051 strokes gained average.

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