The pro’s temper flares up after the players’ buzzer-beater drive goes awry

Keith Mitchell hits his racquet after hitting a bad slice at Friday’s Players Championship.

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Mulligans aren’t allowed on the PGA Tour, and they don’t even fly after the first hole for recreational rounds with friends. This morning, PGA Tour pro Keith Mitchell wishes none of those things were true.

The second round of the 2023 Players Championship was suspended Friday night as thunderstorms rolled through TPC Sawgrass. Almost half the field was still on the pitch and when the buzzer sounded they were forced to mark their balls and return on Saturday morning to finish the game.

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Mitchell was teeing off on the par 4 fifth hole when it was clear the game was going to be called. Instead of waiting for the horn and saving his tee shot for Saturday, Mitchell decided to get his shot over with quickly before the round was halted.

He immediately regretted it. Mitchell took a powerful punch with his driver and sliced ​​him up badly, causing him to speed to the right. Mitchell knew how bad it was as soon as he hit it, and he responded by slamming his driver into the ground long before the ball landed.

Shortly after he slammed his club, the horn blew, halting play, and moments later Mitchell’s ball splashed into a pond that ran along the hole.

Check out the unfortunate moment below, posted by @BetspertsGolf on Twitter:

To make the failure even more frustrating, Mitchell was at eye level at this point, just above the cutline. When he returned on Saturday morning he was able to regain his composure and save Bogey on the hole, eventually ending the round with two overs for the tournament.

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