If you haven’t seen this video already, well, give it time. It’ll be everywhere this weekend.
As you can see in the clip, we have a spectator at the LPGA’s LOTTE Championship who has chased his wind-blown hat into the water. The beer slipping out of his pocket only adds to the insanity of it all. Finally, he grounds his face into the hazard, which of course should result in another penalty of some sort.
Now, a few things here to think about:
1. We pick up the video and he’s already waist deep in water.
This is interesting. This means the hat blew off his head somewhere on the opposite side of the fairway. So the hat goes, and then the guy seems to think it’s OK to duck under the gallery rope* and race all the way across the fairway of a professional golf tournament.
*Granted, we’re only guessing here, but considering his athletic level on display later in the clip, envisioning this guy going OVER the gallery rope is not only unlikely, but virtually impossible.
2. The beer. Let’s talk about the beer.
The beer falls out of his pocket. Judging by the way it floats, it must be empty, right? But who carries around an empty beer can in his pocket? Especially a 16-ounce can. Especially when you have to go under a gallery rope, 75 yards across a fairway and into a pond.
But then again, how does that can, if empty and after all that trauma, not crinkle? Look at it. It appears to be in perfect condition. Was it half full at one point, losing its contents during the Great Hat Chase? Did the guy, in the split-second he had to process his plight when the hat blew off, really decide pocketing the beer was his best option?
Unless it’s unopened. Which means he couldn’t possibly allow a perfectly crisp cold beer behind just for anyone to pick up, right? Who does that? Certainly not this guy. Which means he probably had just bought it, then the wind picked up, off his hat went, and he after it. His only choice was to pocket the beer.*
*After closer inspection (which took 127 isolated viewings), there’s no splash when the can falls. It has to be empty. We’ll need to test this.
3. Tom Abbott is a genius.
His call here is pitch-perfect.
4. Finally, the hat.
Most of us watching this would argue it’s not worth suffering the indignity of what ultimately transpired for a measly hat. But this is a guy who wasn’t going to leave what might have been a half-filled beer behind at the rope. So you know he HAD TO GET THAT HAT BACK.
But we get it. Guys like their hats.
That’s just one of Pinehurst’s hat displays in the main Golf Shop. So, here’s the thing.
If for some reason this guy stumbles upon this post (and, well, can prove it’s him), we’re offering him a brand new Pinehurst hat. On us. Granted, our selection of the straw, wide-brimmed variety is limited, but we do have pretty great weatherproof bucket hats.
And they have straps.