Charl Schwartzel wasn’t happy after a tee shot on the par-3 eighth on Friday in the second round of the 2017 FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind.
After he hit the shot and saw the result wasn’t going to be good, he was especially annoyed. So, he did what a lot of us golfers have probably done at some point on the golf course: He appeared to flip the middle finger to an inanimate object.
The South African watched a portion of the ball flight, then, in frustration, lowered his body level toward the divot and, seemingly, flipped the bird at it ever so slightly.
Of course, the shot made Golf Channel’s Friday coverage, and it was glorious.
So Charl Schwartzel is my new favorite golfer pic.twitter.com/iW2IjNRGQ2
— Gregg Weikel (@Thekid156) June 9, 2017
However, upon further inspection, it looks like Schwartzel flips the index finger at the ball. So either he realized the middle finger would be a problem or there’s some other expression there. Either way, not an actual bird flip.
There’s no shaming here either way. In fact, I know I have done the exact same thing: to a golf ball, to a golf bag, to a poorly cut cup. It’s happened. You’re one of us, Charl.
Here’s the great part for Schwartzel: He shares the lead after 36 holes with Chez Reavie and Sebastian Munoz at 9-under 131.