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Augusta, GA – If there was one part of Terrell Hutton’s game that gave him an edge this week at Augusta National, it was his status.
Hatton isn’t just a good racket – he’s, at the moment, he betterleads the PGA Tour in SG’s Holy Trinity: Putting (1.168!), Putts Per Round (27.32!) And Average overall position (1.518!). The Englishman is also second in 3-hit dodge rate (1.01%) and third in single-hit percentage (45.71%). He’s a killer from any distance but especially from the short range: From 10 feet and this season, Hatton has converted 91.88% of his attempts (yes, he tops the Tour again) and from three feet and inside, he’s a perfect 173 for 173.
So, yes, Hutton had every reason to be optimistic about his chances at some of the game’s most deceptively green game.
With five holes in his first run, Hatton had every reason to continue feeling that way, a stretch that included two 30-foot hits in the first and 10 feet for a birdie in 2.
Then came Level 3, 6, where Hutton left himself 50 feet up a hill to a flag floating on a handle. His first attempt darted up the slope, stopped at the top, and then began to fall back toward him. When his ball finally settled, he had a longer shot – he called it 70 feet – left to equalize. Determined not to make the same mistake with his next shot, Hatton ran 15 feet. two more Later, he had made a 5 double-stroke four-stroke bogey.
Hutton settled down and played the remaining 12 holes in two under them, but his placement problems were at first.
In the second round, the disorganization started early. He missed 12 feet of the bonus at level 4, causing him to punch in frustration at the head of his putter. At 4 par-4, he missed about 10 feet. ghost. As his ball rolled out of the hole, he leaned in and stared incredibly at a point on his line, as if Spike’s mark had redirected his shot. In Part 3, 16, another miss, this one is for a 12-foot ghost. As he addresses the layup that followed, he gets up and takes a powerful practice swing, one that fits the driver more than the racket.
Our guy was running hot, which came as no surprise to Hattonfels. Self-expression—especially when things aren’t going smoothly—has always been one of Hatton’s talents. His latest viral ready spree came at the Players Championship last month, where after barely missing a shot in the third round, he tossed his racket, stretched his arms over his head and yelled, “Are you kidding me?!”
There was nothing going down for Hatton on Friday and that didn’t change in par-4 17 as he took off from an 8-foot bogey. On his way to tee number 18, he firmly inserted his racket into his bag.
Hatton’s second-round tally: two over 74 put him down to two over for the week, 10 behind leader Scotty Scheffler.
Hatton’s self-evaluation: “If anyone had worse numbers than me on the green this week, I’d feel sorry for them, because my situation this week is absolutely disgusting.”
The Masters stats are limited but the tournament makes Putts Per Round public. At the bottom of the list, he predicted, is Hutton’s name, next to “1.83”, a tenth of a point behind Bernard Langer.
“I didn’t think my result could actually be any worse than it is, to be honest,” Hutton said. “I hit it pretty yesterday and then we had some bad moments today. It’s obviously tough out there, but I’m not in a good mood. I’m very frustrated with these Greens. I seem to play here every year, I’ve never done that and this year was himself “.
Hutton is not finished. as we said, Expressive.
“I’ve wanted to bury my racket a few times,” he said. “It’s definitely a love/hate relationship, and there’s a lot of hate right now.”
Can love return on Saturday? Maybe! Mode is a crazy craft, which can never be mastered, even by the best rackets on the planet. As Hutton himself said after a tour, he’d rather forget, “Tomorrow is a new day.”