We’ve seen golfers do some strange things on the course before, and many times they are taking out their frustrations on fans in the gallery.
During the third round of the AT&T National on Saturday, South Korea’s D.H. Lee way overshot the green on the par-4 12th hole at Congressional Country Club. The 26-year-old then stood in frustration and extended his middle finger right at the crowd.
Lee had already hit two bogeys on the front nine, and a double bogey on the 10th hole. Still he had three other birdies and was still very much in contention.
It still has been a frustrating year for Lee, whose missed five cuts and was forced to withdraw from the Crown Plaza Invitational at Colonial last month. However he did finish eighth at the Zurich Classic.
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He would finish the round by shooting a 75, and is currently tied for second as the final round continues Sunday morning and afternoon.
Lee was apologetic afterward, according to Golf Channel reporter Jason Sobel.
Sobel tweeted: “Just talked to D.H. Lee about his bird-flip gesture today. "I am sorry. It was just frustration. It was not directed at anyone."
Maybe he just needed to vent because Lee has actually knocked in six birdies in the first eight holes of his fourth round, and could win his first career tournament since making his debut in 2007. He currently trails American Bill Haas by one stroke.
Checkout the leaderboard here on the PGA’s official site.
The video, courtesy of ESPN’s coverage, shows Lee’s flip off in its albeit brief entirety.