The golfer Tommy Bolt died yesterday. Some say he had the sweetest swing in golf, but his temper was so bad that he could hardly get through a round without throwing all his clubs away.
There was the time he tossed a driver into a canal in Miami, for example, and it sank so deeply a diver could not retrieve it. And the time he asked for a club recommendation during a particularly frustrating round, and his caddie suggested a 2-iron, a much-too-powerful club for the lie, because it was the only iron left in the bag.
Bolt later said that much of his ranting and club-throwing had been meant to entertain crowds, who had come to expect it. “It thrills crowds to see a guy suffer,” he told Golf Digest in 2002. “That’s why I threw clubs so often. They love to see golf get the better of someone.”