Darren Clarke Drops Gum, Sinks Putt — Then Puts Gum Back In His Mouth

Darren Clarke appears to be a firm believer of the 5-second rule.

The 2011 British Open winner is looking for his second career major this weekend at Royal Troon in Scotland, and he looks to be very focused.

So focused, in fact, that as the Northern Ireland native stood over a putt Friday, a piece of gum fell out of his mouth as he went to putt the ball.

Clarke made the par putt at the fourth hole to remain at even for the tournament, and then he got to the important business at hand. He quickly picked up the dropped piece of gum and put it right back in his mouth like it was no issue.

The Golf Channel broadcasters wouldn’t let that go unnoticed, though. Especially Nick Faldo, who couldn’t believe what he just saw.

Sure, it might seem gross, but maybe Clarke thought it was a lucky piece of gum. After all, he went on to birdie two of the next three holes … before ultimately bogeying four of the six holes after that, so maybe not.

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