Sergio Garcia Gets Disqualified for Damaging Greens
Alex Myers discusses a wild weekend in golf that included Rickie Fowler’s ugly win and an ugly temper tantrum that led to Sergio Garcia getting disqualified.
Released on 2/4/2019
So Johnny Miller signed off for the final time
after the third round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
And it's too bad because there was a lot
of choking going on in the final round.
And he would've really enjoyed it.
I miss you already Johnny.
Ricky Fowler wound up winning but wow was it ugly.
And it included one of the weirdest penalties ever
when moments after taking a drop
for chipping in to the water,
Ricky's ball rolled into the water.
And this came a day after Denny McCarthy was penalized
for his caddie lining him up for a practice swing?
That ridiculous ruling was eventually rescinded
by the PGA Tour but it caused a confused
Lee Westwood to Tweet I still have to get
the little white ball into the little white hole right?
That's correct Lee.
But while doing that it's best
that you don't beat the living crap
out of the golf course you're playing.
In a bizarre twist that made these other rules issues
seem almost dull by comparison,
Sergio Garcia was disqualified after the third round
of the European Tour's Saudi International
for serious misconduct.
Under new rule 1.2A.
Which allows a tournament committee to bounce
a player for not playing in the spirit of the game.
Including taking good care of the course.
Apparently purposely damaging as many as five greens
by dragging your feet and taking a divot
with your putter violates this rule.
Garcia accepted the DQ, apologized,
and promised it would never happen again.
And while there's no video of what he did on the greens,
footage of him from the day before
throwing a temper tantrum in one of the courses bunkers
after a bad rake job went viral.
And if this is Sergio's rake rage,
I shudder to think what his road rage is like.
Two important things to note here.
Again this was not even the main reason why Sergio was DQ'd.
And second Sergio is a 39 year old Masters champ.
Seriously the average two year old
acts more maturely in a sandbox.
Then again Sergio once spit in the hole
after being upset with a missed putt.
He's lucky rule 1.2A wasn't around back then.
But it's here now and it's probably gonna be
unofficially called the Garcia rule going forward.
And to fellow hot heads everywhere, beware.