European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke did something on Friday at the 2016 British Open that, on first glance, made a few people squeamish.
Clarke was making a par putt on the sixth hole at Royal Troon, and, as he was putting, it appeared that his gum — or something he was chewing on — fell out of his mouth and onto the green. The commentary team on Golf Channel figured it was gum, and Sir Nick Faldo thought it was gross when Clarke put whatever it was near his mouth.
However, after the round, Clarke cleared up the record. It wasn’t gum that fell to the green. It wasn’t even food. And it wasn’t out of his mouth.
I don't do gum!! It was a small sticker from my hat that fell down when I was putting,and it never touched my mouth! https://t.co/hORmSMjXZA
— Darren Clarke (@DarrenClarke60) July 15, 2016