Sport / World Sport

Jacques van der Westhuyzen
Head of Sport
2 minute read
22 May 2021
11:22 am

WATCH: Erik van Rooyen blasted for losing his cool at the PGA

Jacques van der Westhuyzen

The big South African went from being well inside the cut line halfway through his round on Friday to missing out on playing over the weekend.

South African golfer Erik van Rooyen has been blasted for losing his cool at the PGA Championship. Picture: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

South African golfer Erik van Rooyen had a meltdown at the PGA Championship on Friday, after finding the water at the 17th hole and later missing the halfway cut.

One observer called Van Rooyen’s emotional lashing-out with his club to be like that of a four-year-old.

Others though said Van Rooyen losing his cool was the highlight of the week so far at the year’s second major at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course.

After knocking his ball in the water at the par-3 17th Van Rooyen took a swipe at the tee marker – twice in quick succession – and in the process lost his club head in the water.

Van Rooyen was also compared to the movie character Happy Gilmore.

The big South African, who was well on his way to playing over the weekend, had a torrid back-nine on Friday.

The triple bogey at the 17th was the last straw for Van Rooyen, who’s score ballooned to +9, way off the cut mark of +5.

The four other South Africans to miss the cut are Dylan Frittelli, George Coetzee, Charl Schwartzel and Brandon Stone.

South Africans though can be pleased with the effort of the six other locals in the field at the tournament.

Louis Oosthuizen shares the lead with veteran Phil Mickelson on five-under par, the South African 2010 Open champion seeking his second major, and just behind the leaders are Branden Grace and Christiaan Bezuidenhout, two shots off the lead.

Danie van Tonder, Dean Burmester and Garrick Higgo all played well enough to also feature on Saturday and Sunday.