Rising English star Tyrrell Hatton blew a big chance for a WGC win in Mexico but Ralph Ellis says his fiery will to win can be a good thing.
"He failed to make the cut at Augusta last year in his first appearance there, but you’d fancy him to do better this time at The Masters where he is currently [70.0] in the Winners Market."
When Tiger Woods was in his pomp, I can't remember seeing another golfer get so angry when he played a bad shot.
He'd curse, sometimes throw clubs. And that was when he was beating everybody in sight. When it all started to unravel he got even worse and was a couple of times in trouble for the horrible offence of spitting.
I can also remember following Ian Poulter through a round of The Open when he got in a furious argument with his caddie, at one point asking the poor feller if he fancied hitting the shot if he knew so much (with a few expletives thrown in).
So as debate rages this week over the temperament of Britain's bright young prospect Tyrrell Hatton, the first thing I'd say is that he needs to stay true to himself.
At 26 he's had a meteoric career so far, moving a step forward every year since turning pro in 2011. After finishing tied third in Mexico last week he's now a remarkable 13th in the World Rankings and looks utterly at home in top company.
He failed to make the cut at Augusta last year in his first appearance there, but you'd fancy him to do better this time at The Masters where he is currently [70.0] in the Winners Market. He is a man in form.
Cursing his luck
The one blot has always been his temper. Accused a couple of seasons ago of acting like a spoiled child, the issue of his occasional failure to keep cool came up again in Mexico.
Just missing the green on the last where he needed a par to make the play-off, he got upset with the grass quality when he mucked up his chip, and then more furious that his putt took an outrageous bobble that left him a shot over.
He was still cursing his luck after, but I'd see that as a quality, as part of the reason he's doing so well. Instead of being happy with a huge cheque for his third place he wanted to be a winner.
I remember talking to Tyrrell when he did the Betfair Big Interview back in 2015 ahead of that year's Open, and even then you got the sense of his ambition.
A quiet young man from High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire, he's clearly got two personalities - the nice respectful one off the course and the fiery competitor on it.
A Ryder Cup certainty
Stockily built, and just 5ft 9ins tall, he doesn't have the height to have the big levers that give the likes of Dustin Johnson his power but still has a driving distance of 300 yards on the PGA stats and hits 69 per cent of Greens in Regulation.
His emerging form has already seen his price cut to [7.4] in the Race to Dubai betting and he should be a certainty to Qualify for Team Europe for this year's Ryder Cup.
He sits out this weeks Valspar Championship where the big guns of Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy are building up their Masters preparation, instead scheduled to play in the Arnold Palmer Invitational
That will give him a few days to focus on what went well in Mexico rather than what went wrong. Hopefully he'll get his mind right to compete again - but without losing that inner fire.