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English star Tyrrell Hatton is very relatable to the common club golfer because he will let you know exactly how s**t he thinks he is.
What makes Hatton so likeable and hateful is his vulgar vocabulary and his habit of dropping F bombs and S words and just about any other swear word you can think of. On social media you will likely find as many swearing compilations of Hatton as swing videos.
In the cauldron of a Ryder Cup surely Hatton will on an extra edge which will draw some even more colourful language both in celebration and disgust. He is comedy gold, the pantomime villain and most importantly, television’s worst nightmare.
The 31-year-old isn’t the only fiery character in Luke Donald’s European team for the Ryder Cup this week. His previous playing partners Shane Lowry and Jon Rahm are both lovers of swearing and having practiced with both players already this week there will be no shortage of expletives on the fairways – or maybe in the rough!
When asked by the media who would win in a swearing contest, Hatton backed himself as the clear favourite.
“I think I would probably win in a swear-off,” grinned Hatton. “I’ve got everyone covered when it comes to that (laughter).
“I don’t understand why Jon doesn’t swear in Spanish. Why does he swear in English? I don’t get it. He would probably get away with it if he just swore in Spanish. Maybe the English language has a bit more punch to it with certain words.
“I think I’d do a pretty poor, I’d give it a pretty poor attempt (in Spanish). I wouldn’t want to embarrass myself or to, yeah, just upset Jon, I guess, in front of him.”
If Luke Donald decides to put a swear jar in the European locker room you can guarantee, Hatton will have it filled before the opening tee shot on Friday morning.
“Just any time of day, anywhere. No holding back.
“Doesn’t matter what we’re doing. I’m swearing. F*** off (room erupts in roaring laughter).”
On a more serious note, the two-time Ryder Cup player was asked about events in the Solheim Cup last week and what he would like to see happen in future Solheim and Ryder Cups in the event of another tie.
“I would say tying is probably not ideal. I think it would be quite interesting if there was a way of putting in like a playoff, if that was to happen. I think it would be pretty exciting for fans, and it would certainly create a pretty epic atmosphere. Playing in front of home fans is always special, anyway, but yeah, I think that would add something to it.
“I think you probably have the time to do it because singles you start probably fairly later in the day compared to four-balls and foursomes, but yeah, maybe just having the tee times starting a bit earlier on Sunday would allow for, I don’t know, a nine-hole better-ball, two players best-ball sort of playoff format. I don’t know, I’m just like sort of thinking as I speak kind of thing.
“So I think that would be a lot more exciting than just that’s a tie like, oh, such-and-such retain the Cup. I don’t think that’s the best thing.”