I really shouldn't let myself get upset by such things but sometimes it's hard.
I was on the 7th green today, having missed my birdie putt (it was a long putt, diagonally across a rise in the middle of the green so I wasn't that disappointed to have missed it) and was just starting to assess my second putt.
At the edge of my consciousness of the rest of the world I heard one of the guys in the pair behind me tee off. I had no problem with that as it was a par 4 with an elevated green, albeit a short hole at 254yds, but then I heard the thump of the ball hit the fairway, surprisingly close. I looked up to see the second bounce then watch as the ball rolls on to the green.
The green I'm standing on...playing golf...trying to save par...
OK, I quickly calmed myself down, reasoning that maybe he was as surprised to see he'd hit the ball that far as I was. He must have just got everything right and hit the ball on the sweet spot, and the wind was behind him.
Then he nearly got the ball on the green with his second shot on the 8th...when I was on the green.
Forward to the 14th. A par 4, 290yds, dogleg left with the green, including the flag, hidden from view on the tee thanks to trees and the rise of the fairway (which then drops down again to the green itself). I've already had a bit of a nightmare getting on the green in five including a lost ball. I'm just lining up my second putt and I hear another thump, to see this guy's ball almost roll on to the green from his tee shot. As the green is hidden from the tee I was really tempted to pick up his ball and throw it on to the nearby pond. He'd never have known.
On to the 17th. I'm on the green and...well, you get the picture...he didn't reach the green, but he did get close. He's obviously a long hitter and it's clear that the tee shot on 7th wasn't much of a fluke after all.
I'm pleased for him that he's blessed with some of the hitting-a-golf-ball-long-and-straight talent, but while I take a few more shots than most, including him, I don't exactly hang about. I rarely take more than two practice swings, I only line up putts from behind the line and I don't complete my scorecard until I've cleared the green. In this way I am a 'good' golfer.
His impatience, or at least lack of thought and courtesy, really bugged me, and genuinely put me off on the 7th. Then I felt under pressure to get a move on from the 8th onwards.
Like I said, I don't hang about, but still, I don't like to feel rushed either.
Was this guy out of order? What could/should I have done?