Marcel Siem thinks he should have been a boxer or a footballer. That way he believes he could have let off steam as much as he wanted.
As a golfer losing your cool is not recommended and the 28-year-old German has been fighting all his career to keep a lid on things.
So far this week he has been doing a good job of it at the Andalucian Open in Seville and he went into today’s third round nine under par and leading by one from England’s Graeme Storm and France’s Jean-Francois Lucquin.
Siem remembers an incident in Cologne two years ago when his anger led to him breaking his driver on missing the cut.
He did it in front of children, however, and realising the bad example he set he admits he nearly cried before going over to them and saying: “Don’t do this ever.”
A winner of the World Cup with the usually unflappable Bernhard Langer in 2006, Siem also confesses to throwing a few clubs in his time, but he remarked to his caddie at one point on Thursday: “I feel like Retief Goosen – I don’t have any emotions.
“I think I will never change completely, but I am pretty calm at the moment.”
And that despite three-putting the final hole of his second round for bogey.
It allowed Storm to halve the deficit with a 66, the proof the Hartlepool player needed to show that an incident in Dubai last month is behind him.
“I was watching Liverpool’s game with Chelsea on television in the clubhouse and brought my clubs out of the locker room,” he said. “At 10.30pm they were there and at 10.45 gone.
“I put in a police report, but somebody is enjoying playing with them in the sunshine in Dubai.
“There was a two-iron I’d had for years, a lob wedge specially made for me and a new driver that I loved. It was a massive loss.”
This time last year the former British amateur champion’s career was on a high when he finished sixth in the CA world championship in Miami and earned nearly £100,000 (€107,000).
But he remains outside the world’s top 100 and did not even make it back into the same event two weeks ago.
“Watching it was hard,” he added. “I feel like I’m banging my head against a post with my world ranking and I think it’s a bit of a sham when guys come off the Challenge Tour and they’re ahead of me.”
Lucquin is the player who beat Rory McIlroy in a play-off for the European Masters in Switzerland last September, a win that looks even better given the fact that the Northern Ireland teenager is now in the world’s top 20 and preparing for his Masters debut.
Colin Montgomerie resumed this afternoon four behind Siem and joint 11th.
Winning his 500th European Tour event as a professional was still a possibility for Europe’s new Ryder Cup captain, but he sounded none too confident after a level par 72 yesterday dropped him nine places.
“I was just completely out of sync today,” he said. “I played very badly and 72 is what you get when you play that way.”