UPDATE: Maybe it wasn’t gum? Clarke tweeted this after his round: “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!”
Darren Clarke isn’t going to waste a perfectly good piece of gum. That’s crazy.
The European Ryder Cup captain was putting for par on the par-5 4th hole during the second round of the British Open on Friday when the unthinkable happened — his gum fell out of his mouth. As he made his stroke, his gum dropped on the green, and commentators Terry Gannon and Nick Faldo couldn’t tell exactly what it was from the booth.
The putt dropped in, and Clarke then reached down, picked up his gum and put it back in his mouth. The dirt, rain, fertilizers and more on Royal Troon’s greens didn’t bother him.
“Noooooo!” Faldo said. “Oh no, Darren, that is disgusting!”
Check out the video below.