Joost Luiten proved even professional golfers can have a moment of madness after he tossed three of his clubs into a tree on Sunday.
The Dutchman’s anger got the better of him as he struck a wayward tee shot on the ninth during the final round of the DP Tour in Dubai.
Still furious at himself for a bogey on the previous hole, the 37-year-old threw what he regarded as the offending club – his driver – high into a tree.
Unfortunately for the six-time European Tour winner, his TaylorMade got stuck, and then had a nightmare in trying to retrieve it.
He and his caddie went on a rescue mission, with the latter failing in his attempt to climb up the trunk.
Luiten then had the bright idea to launch two of his irons in his attempt to bring his driver back to the ground.
But in incredible scenes, they both ended up stuck in the branches of the tree, with Luiten then deciding to hurl up a huge stick.
That too failed – much to the laughter of those around him watching on.
Though Luiten didn’t see the funny side as he kicked his bag of clubs in frustration as he proceeded to play the rest of the final hole with 11 clubs.
Luckily for the three-time World Cup star, his lost clubs were eventually returned to him thanks to the help of a volunteer and his pregnant wife Melanie-Jane.
Speaking of the incident after his final round, where he eventually finished in 48th spot in a 50-man field, he said: “I had just made bogey at the eighth.
“I was frustrated, one of those weeks [when] nothing went my way.
“Lost it and threw my driver and it got stuck up a tree. That sums up my week nicely.
“I tried to get it out by throwing some other clubs at it and [two] other clubs got stuck up the tree so I couldn’t get them out.”
He added: “I just went on and played the rest of the hole and one of the volunteers got them out, otherwise it would have been a funny round to finish with 11 clubs.”
It may not have been the round Luiten had been hoping for, but it will certainly live long in the memory of golf fans.