English golfer Tyrell Hatton had one of the best starts to the 2024 U.S. Open. Hatton also offered one of the best quotes of the day.

The 32-year-old was two strokes under par after Thursday’s round at Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, N.C. Hatton finished just three strokes behind dual leaders Patrick Cantlay and Rory McIlroy.

It’s a far cry from when Hatton’s performance during the PGA Championship last month at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville. He tied for 63rd after finishing -3, 18 strokes off winner Xander Schauffele.

Hatton was asked by Golf.com’s Josh Berhow if the golfer preferred “the U.S. Open grind” compared to the relatively easier Valhalla course.

Hatton has developed a reputation as a hot-headed golfer due to his rather common outbursts when he underperforms on the fairway. Hatton even called himself “an absolute head case” while speaking to the media after his opening round.

But Hatton had little to be mad about given how well he played on Thursday. Even when he did show signs of frustration, things still broke right for him anyways.

Hatton dropped his 5-iron and kicked the ground in anger after what he thought was a botched tee shot on the par-3 17th hole. But the ball just barely cleared a bunker, landed on the edge of the green, and rolled within a few feet from the hole.

Hatton sank the birdie putt — one of his three of the day. It was that kind of round for the angry Englishman.

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