'We're Playing A Major, Not A Monthly Medal' - Hatton On 'Bobbly' PGA Greens

The Englishman was less than impressed with the Southern Hills putting surfaces on day two of the PGA Championship

Tyrrell Hatton smiling during the second round of the 2022 PGA Championship
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Tyrrell Hatton has once again lambasted the greens at this week's PGA Championship, comparing them to what an amateur might expect to find at their local club.

The Englishman drew the ire of Dame Laura Davies and the mass viewing public on Thursday when footage emerged of him slamming his putter into one of the surfaces at Southern Hills. Now, following a second-round 68 which has him in a tie for tenth heading into the weekend, he's taken his criticism a step further.

"I mean, we're playing a Major championship, not a monthly medal," Hatton said. "You know, they're bobbling all over the place. It's so hard to hole putts. So you can hit a great putt and they just don't look like going in, which is hard to accept when we're playing in a Major championship.

"From my point of view obviously I hope that the greens are nicer over the weekend. But saying that, I still need to be able to hit decent shots to give myself opportunities to make birdies, so just see where that takes us."

Justin Thomas was also critical of the greens late in the day on Thursday, while 36-hole leader Will Zalatoris was heard during yesterday's broadcast comparing them to "velcro".

Due to high winds, it was announced early on Friday that the slopey course and practice greens wouldn't be cut, with putts coming up short a feature of the day's play.

For the two rounds, Hatton ranks 49th in Srokes Gained: Putting, but did struggle yesterday, losing half a shot to the field average. Despite that, he is well in contention to register his best Major finish in several years, having failed to make an impact in one of golf's marquee events since a T6 finish at the 2019 Open.

Four birdies in a row from the 12th during the second round in Oklahoma had the Englishman at four-under briefly, before two bogeys in his final four saw him fall seven shots behind Zalatoris.

"We had a nice run on the back nine and I was able to take advantage there of the conditions being a bit kinder to us. Obviously pretty disappointed with the finish to be honest. Three good putts on the last three greens and obviously none of them went in - I kind of did my bit there. 

"Wasn't the easiest to hole putts this afternoon. Maybe a combination of not being able to be cut and rolled added to that, but they were pretty bobbly, so not the easiest to putt on."

A lifelong golf fan, Andy graduated in 2019 with a degree in Sports Journalism and got his first role in the industry as the Instruction Editor for National Club Golfer. From there, he went on to enjoy a spell freelancing for Stats Perform producing football reports, and then for RacingNews365 covering Formula 1. However, he couldn't turn down the opportunity to get back into the sport he grew up watching and playing and now covers a mixture of equipment, instruction and news for Golf Monthly's website and print title.

Andy took up the game at the age of seven and even harboured ambitions of a career in the professional ranks for a spell. That didn’t pan out, but he still enjoys his weekend golf at Royal Troon and holds a scratch handicap. As a side note, he's made five holes-in-one and could quite possibly be Retief Goosen’s biggest fan.

As well as the above, some of Andy's work has featured on websites such as goal.com, dailyrecord.co.uk, and theopen.com.

What's in Andy's bag?

Driver: Callaway Mavrik Sub-Zero (9°)

3-wood: TaylorMade M1 (15°)

Driving iron: Titleist U500 (17°)

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro '19 (4-PW)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 (50°, 54° and 58°)

Putter: Titleist Scotty Cameron Newport 2.5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1