Hang your head in shame, Hideki Matsuyama!
There’s an argument to be made for expecting perfection on every shot, if you’re a professional golfer. Of course, there’s also the “focus on the process” and “detach from outcomes” school of sports psychology.
Regardless, we’ve seen some extremely disappointed reactions to relatively high-quality shots from Hideki Matsuyama over the past couple of years. But this reaction at the par-3 16th hole at Riviera during the second round of the Northern Trust Open is the Full Matsuyama.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 17, 2017
Now, the party line on this one is something like, “Jeez, Hideki! Are you disappointed by anything other than a hole in one?” But really, as a couple of replies to the PGA Tour’s tweet are right to point out, the Japanese phenom was probably disappointed by a mishit (hitting it a groove low or some such) that would have resulted in the ball carrying beyond the green, had it not hit the flagstick.
And again, if you’re a golfer who fixates on the process and not the results, a mishit is a mishit, even if it hits the flagstick. Just another reminder that high performers: they’re not like us.
While this may seem like a disappointed reaction, let’s just say it’s just a really bad celebration. Take a look at some of the worst celebration faces on Tour: