The theory that is there no love like a mother’s love was given further credibility at the Open de France at Le Golf National on Thursday.
Twenty minutes after Li Haotong, the European Tour winner from China, had thrown his putter into the water in a rage on the 11th, his mother returned to the site of the temper tantrum and waded into the putrid-looking sludge to recover the club.
By now Tyrrell Hatton, Alex Noren and Thomas Pieters were on the green of the par three and watched the bizarre scene unfold, first in fascination and then in humour, as she made progress towards the grip of the putter, which was sticking out of the stagnant water.
It was hard going, but she showed her determination to retrieve the putter, which she presumably intended to return to her son. However, when she finally got there and pulled it out of the water, she discovered her son had snapped the club in half and that the head had sunk.
With the threeball looking on now in fits of laughter, the poor lady made her way back to dry ground, throwing away the worthless shaft in her hand as she went. She was last seen using some tissues to try to wipe away the grime. Meanwhile, her son, using his wedge as a putter, played his last eight holes in level par, shooting a level par 72.