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Sergio Garcia DQd for “serious misconduct” after damaging greens at Saudi International



Sergio Garcia has been disqualified from the Saudi International after violating rule 1.2a, the European Tour said in a statement.

The rule allows for player disqualification in instances of serious misconduct.

According to Martin Dempster of the Scotsman, players behind Garcia alerted rules officials to the damage during the third round, which resulted in a meeting with chief executive Keith Pelley following the conclusion of the Spaniard’s round.

Garcia, who opened the competition at Royal Greens G&CC with rounds of 69, 70, said in the statement

“I respect the decision of my disqualification. In frustration, I damaged a couple of greens, for which I apologise for, and I have informed my fellow players it will never happen again.”

Garcia had already taken his frustrations out on a bunker during the tournament’s second round and indicated the course’s paspalum greens weren’t to his liking earlier in the week.


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  1. Tom

    Feb 4, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    Tiger swore and threw clubs, was never suspended or penalized now was he?

    • JP

      Feb 6, 2019 at 10:18 pm

      And that has what to do with Sergio damaging greens? Completely different offenses.

  2. Cm

    Feb 4, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    I can’t decide till I see the pictures of the greens. Still think Rahm is far worse slamming clubs regularly.

  3. Dr Remo

    Feb 4, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    Garcia deserves it.
    Wish the same conduct standards applied to tennis…..e.g. Serena Williams’ outbursts and physically threatening line judges are a disgrace and should result in suspension.

  4. GolfConsumer

    Feb 4, 2019 at 1:13 am

    Callaway should drop his immature a__.

    Thats it, I’m not buying another piece of Callaway golf equipment until they drop him!

  5. jgpl001

    Feb 3, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    Anger, frustration, well we have all experienced that

    Kick your bag, slam a club, swear, we have all done that

    Damaging the golf course – WAY OUT OF ORDER, NOT ACCEPTABLE

    Ban the brat

  6. Chris

    Feb 3, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    Y’all are hating because you have immunity online. Be quiet, everyone gets mad. Go wash your super cavity back irons that you still shank.

    • JP

      Feb 4, 2019 at 12:47 am

      And the fact that many of us play SGI irons and aren’t good golfers justifies Sergio in some way? Please explain.

  7. Dave C.

    Feb 3, 2019 at 6:37 am

    Many millions of dollars usually make most people jerks.

    Golf pros, football players, capitalists, old money, new money.

    • Chip2Win

      Feb 3, 2019 at 8:38 am

      I’m pretty sure there are lots of poor people who are jerks too.

  8. Central Oregon Golf

    Feb 2, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    I hope he never wins again. Should have kicked him off the course immediately instead of after round. Agree on more severe penalty in the way of suspension, fine, and maintenance fee to fix & improve course. Maybe the tours should sponsor anger management as well?!

    • Safe Hans

      Feb 12, 2019 at 8:03 am

      Totally agree, he should be serving a ban for what he did – a serious lack of respect to the course and our game.

  9. AC in TX

    Feb 2, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    I damage greens all the time – it’s called hitting it fat … very fat.

    • JP

      Feb 3, 2019 at 10:23 am

      Either you don’t know the difference between greens and fairways, or you really have no business putting.

  10. Jose Pinatas

    Feb 2, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    Can someone post a video of this? I love Sergio meltdowns, super entertaining..

    • JP

      Feb 2, 2019 at 9:34 pm

      Yeah, I’d like to see what kind of damage he caused with a putter and how he tried to disguise it as normal play. What a JackA$$

  11. Oldplayer

    Feb 2, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    This behavior shows the character of the guy much more than any words.
    What a spoiled brat. He’s off my list for sure.

  12. Nolan

    Feb 2, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    He’s lucky the Prince didn’t make him disappear.

  13. cdj

    Feb 2, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    Year back at Tour Championship SG hit a drive from tee box where I was at the time. Shot started on a good line to which I responded “good shot” or the like. He did not like where it ended up and looked at me saying “yeah, nice shot” in his snarky voice while slamming the tee marker.

    Dude has Jameis Winston syndrome.

  14. Acemandrake

    Feb 2, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    No gratitude for God-given & earthly riches.

    When will he grow up?

    • Robert

      Feb 4, 2019 at 12:10 pm

      Will he EVER grow up. No more Callaway or Adidas until he is gone.

  15. Kolby

    Feb 2, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    Suspend Sergio Garcia from both Tours until AFTER Augusta! LOL

  16. Johnny balls

    Feb 2, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    Paspalum sucks. Saudi Arabia sucks. No booze. Screw that place.

    • francisco borja lopez diez

      Feb 4, 2019 at 7:27 am

      The players had a yacht next to their hotel in which they were being served alcohol afer 9 pm…and 25 girls to entertain from Russia, Poland…
      They had a concert with Mariah Carey as well as a dj session form DJ Tiesto. The country may not be your favorite place, but be sure these guys were treated much better than a regular tourist

      • john

        Feb 11, 2019 at 11:33 am

        A Mariah Carey concert sounds like ‘cruel and unusual punishment’ to me. Might explain Sergio’s meltdown.

  17. Alan Schwepps

    Feb 2, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    Gee I wonder if he’s going to get fined more than $98,000 that Li got dinged for his asinine rule violation.

    Make him pay to fix the green’s and fine him $250,000 for being a douche nozzle….

  18. dat

    Feb 2, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    Pathetic, this isn’t a drunken muni round, Sergio.

  19. Rory O Donnell

    Feb 2, 2019 at 11:14 am

    Spitting into holes and now this

  20. Bert Gwaltney

    Feb 2, 2019 at 10:09 am

    Sometimes I’m confused about “like” or “shank” If I click “like” does that mean I like that he was DQ’ed or “like” what he did. If I click “shank” does that mean I don’t agree with the DQ or agree with it.

    Maybe it’s rather I “like or shank” the article?

    I’m glad he was DQ’ed, and yes he’s had it coming for a long time. Good on you European Tour. Maybe the PGA Tour will see your example of enforcing the Rules of Golf.

  21. Denny Jones

    Feb 2, 2019 at 9:17 am

    DQ like this should be swift and have more bite. Instead of just a DQ, the penalty should be more severe. If they weren’t allow to participate in a major because of a fit of rage, the rage would disappear.

    • joe

      Feb 2, 2019 at 10:04 am

      Im a Sergio fan but I agree with you. This act stresses my affinity for him. And he is habitual so maybe a 3 event suspension?

      • Bert Gwaltney

        Feb 2, 2019 at 10:17 am

        Again he has embarrassed himself, displayed his lack of respect for the game and fellow competitors. I’ve had tried to accept his behavior as being immature, or having a fiery Spaniard temperament, but this goes past that.

        Sad news for the game and Champion golfer. I suspect he will lose all respect from those who love and support the game, the patrons.

      • Mower

        Feb 2, 2019 at 12:26 pm

        “I damaged a couple of greens.” WTF!?
        Yeah, time to crack down on this shit.

    • JP

      Feb 2, 2019 at 10:14 am

      Agreed. He doesn’t care if he got a DQ in this tournament anyway. Strip him of all appearance fees paid here and the very next major.

      • Benny

        Feb 2, 2019 at 1:12 pm

        i am blown away he did this. I am also a Sergio fan and thought he must have put a comb over divot in the green out of rage. But multiple greens… seriously??

        • TLW

          Feb 2, 2019 at 1:55 pm

          With his history how could you possibly be blown away??
          This does not surprise me one bit.

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Kuchar defends caddie payment: “For a guy who makes $200 a day, a $5,000 week is a really big week” (Update: Kuchar to pay $50K)



UPDATE: 2/15, 5:10 p.m. 

Following his opening round at the Riviera Country Club for the Genesis Classic, Matt Kuchar announced he has reversed course and will pay fill-in caddie David Ortiz $50,000 for his services during last year’s Mayakoba Classic.

Kuchar issued that statement below, via

“This week, I made comments that were out of touch and insensitive, making a bad situation worse. They made it seem like I was marginalizing David Ortiz and his financial situation, which was not my intention. I read them again and cringed. That is not who I am and not what I want to represent. My entire Tour career, I have tried to show respect and positivity. In this situation, I have not lived up to those values or to the expectations I’ve set for myself. I let myself, my family, my partners and those close to me down, but I also let David down. I plan to call David tonight, something that is long overdue, to apologize for the situation he has been put in, and I have made sure he has received the full total that he has requested.

“I never wanted to bring any negativity to the Mayakoba Golf Classic. I feel it is my duty to represent the tournament well, so I am making a donation back to the event, to be distributed to the many philanthropic causes working to positively impact the communities of Playa del Carmen and Cancún.

“For my fans, as well as fans of the game, I want to apologize to you for not representing the values instilled in this incredible sport. Golf is a game where we call penalties on ourselves. I should have done that long ago and not let this situation escalate.”

End update. 

Earlier this week, Matt Kuchar’s stand-in caddie for last year’s Mayakoba Classic spoke about how he felt he was “taken advantage of” after receiving a payment of $5,000 following Kuchar’s win in Mexico, which carried with it a $1,296,000 winners prize. On Wednesday, Kuchar vehemently defended what he sees as a fair and just payment to David Ortiz.

In an interview with, Kuchar claimed that he was up front and honest about the arrangement prior to the event, and Ortiz had accepted the terms, which reportedly were $1,000 if Kuchar missed the cut, $2,000 if he made the cut, $3,000 if he had a top-20 and $4,000 if he had a top-10. The reason for Ortiz’ dissatisfaction with the payment post-event? That’s something Kuchar put down to outside influences.

“I kind of think someone got in his ear. I was very clear and very upfront on Tuesday (of the event). And he said, ‘OK.’ He had the ability, with bonuses, to make up to $4,000.

The extra $1,000 was, ‘Thank you — it was a great week.’ Those were the terms. He was in agreement with those terms. That’s where I struggle. I don’t know what happened. Someone must have said, ‘You need much more.’”

Ortiz previously stated in an interview with how he had been offered an additional $15,000 but had refused the offer believing it to be substantially short of his $50,000 evaluation.

On Wednesday evening, Kuchar confirmed Ortiz’ story, saying “that was the agency”, and when questioned who would have paid the additional sum had Ortiz accepted, he stated, “It’s not coming out of Steinberg’s pocket.” Referring to his agent Mark Steinberg.

Kuchar will return to Mexico next week for the WGC-Mexico Championship for the first time since his victory in Mayakoba, and for the 40-year-old, the pay dispute is now over. Further explaining why he feels his payment to Ortiz for that week in Mayakoba had been fair, Kuchar stated

“For a guy who makes $200 a day, a $5,000 week is a really big week.”



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Pro cards a 17 at the LECOM Suncoast Classic, but delivers a valuable message after doing so



Kevin Na’s infamous 16 at the Valero Texas Open back in 2011 will most likely follow him around for the rest of his career, but over on the Tour Ben DeArmond eclipsed that number, taking a 17 on his second hole of the day at the LECOM Suncoast Classic.

DeArmond, a club pro at TPC at Treviso Bay, opened the day with a bogey, before stepping on the tee at number two where it all went monumentally wrong. The tee shot on the par-4 second hole is a tester at Lakewood Ranch, with water down the right and OOB down the left. DeArmond hit his first tee shot out of play and then proceeded to do the same with his next five attempts too.


DeArmond finally got the ball in-play on his seventh attempt and ended up carding a brutal 17 on the hole.

Speaking after the round, DeArmond who is playing this week on a sponsors exemption said

“I couldn’t get (the ball) up in the air even with a 5-iron, so I’m not used to that, just went a little numb. I’ve never made a 17 in my life, not even when I started playing golf,” he said. “After that it was fine, just had to feel my arms a little bit. … It was just nerves. I had a great range session, felt good going in, and it was just an out-of-body experience on that hole.”

The Floridian carded an opening nine of 54 which would have broken many players spirit, but to DeArmond’s credit, he not only finished the round but steadied the ship on his back nine with a homeward 37 to finish 19-over par.

While nobody could have blamed him if he packed it in after that torturous hole, walking away was never an option for DeArmond, who gave this great piece of advice to all golfers after his round.

“If you learn anything from me today, it’s don’t withdraw, don’t give up, have fun with it. It’s a game, everybody has a bad day.”

DeArmond starts his second round today at 2.06pm ET. Looking on the bright side; he’s just one place back of multiple major champ Angel Cabrera.

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Morning 9: Rainy Riv (Spieth co-leads) | USGA makes a mockery of amateur status? | 17 on a par 4



By Ben Alberstadt (
  • February 15, 2019
Good Friday morning, golf fans.
1. Spieth co-leads suspended round 1 at rainy Riviera
Evin Priest of the AAP…”Jordan Spieth chipping in for birdie to take a share of the Genesis Open lead was the highlight of a rain-soaked and incomplete first round in Los Angeles.”
  • “After significant delays due to heavy rain on Thursday, no golfer in the 144-player field was able to complete the first round before US PGA Tour officials called play for the day just after 5.30pm due to darkness.”
  • “…he was joined moments later by South Korea’s Sung Kang.”

Full piece.


2. Mav leads Suncoast (MIKE WEIR 2 strokes back)
Golf Channel’s Brentley Romine…”He chunk-pulled a 3-wood into the water and then flew the green with a wedge to bogey the par-5 16th hole Thursday at Lakewood National in Bradenton, Fla.”
  • “The mistake dropped McNealy back to even par through seven holes. But he remained positive.”
  • “A hole later, he told his caddie, Travis McAllister: “This golf course feels so gettable right now. I feel like I could birdie every hole.”
  • “McNealy just about did. He birdied eight of his last 10 holes and posted a second-nine 29 to shoot 8-under 64 and grab the clubhouse lead at the Tour’s Lecom Suncoast Classic before play was suspended because of darkness.”
3. 17
A club pro, teeing it up in the Suncoast Classic took no fewer than 17 strokes to get the ball in the hole at a par 4.
  • FTW’s Andrew Joseph…”The hole in itself seemed incredibly difficult: A 491-yard par 4 with water and woods on opposite sides.”
  • “It was a struggle as DeArmond hit six shots out of play. “
  • “At least he only needed one putt from the green. You have to look at the bright side.”
  • “I’ve learned nerves are a real thing,” DeArmond said. “I had a great range session, felt good going in, and it was just an out-of-body experience on that hole.”
4. A blow to amateur golf?
Geoff Shackelford penned a quality look at/scathing take on the USGA’s handling of the Lucy Li situation.
A few highlights…
  • “The message from Lucy Li’s case is clear. Take free stuff. Use your skill as a golfer to be a billboard. Just be famous and likable enough and the governing bodies of golf won’t revoke your status.”
  • “In a sad statement about the weakened state of amateur golf, Lucy Li gets to retain her status despite starring in an Apple Watch ad while wearing scripted Nike apparel. Following a six-week investigation, the USGA determined that Li unknowingly violated amateur status rules after an elaborately produced piece was filmed following a call from “a casting agent for an acting assignment to promote Apple Watch.”
  • And this…”The USGA said in a statement that Romo is in the clear because “everyone knows him first as a professional football player and his fame and fortune is not derived from golf.” But he is adding to his fortune on the back of his likeness as a golfer who competes in U.S. Open qualifying as an excellent amateur.”
Shackelford went on to say the the meaning of “amateur status” has been undermined.
5. Boo’s back
Boo Weekley is teeing it up at this week’s Lecom Suncoast Classic on the Tour.
  • Golf Channel’s Brentley Romine…”The 45-year-old golfer hasn’t played on the PGA Tour since missing the cut at the 2017 RBC Canadian Open. He had surgery on his right elbow later that summer, after a bout with severe tendinitis, and the recovery kept him from hitting a golf ball for almost a year. When he finally was cleared to return to golf, his right shoulder started giving him trouble. The diagnosis?”
  • “I had cancer,” said Weekley, who went under the knife last July to remove the carcinoma and a cyst that had filled with fluid.
  • “The second operation kept him sidelined until late November…”

Full piece.

6. Actions speak louder?
Golfweek’s Eamon Lynch says Sergio’s entire body of bad behavior trumps any apology tour.
  • “Twenty years ago at Wentworth in England, Garcia reacted to a lousy shot by ripping off his shoe and flinging it into the gallery. After missing a putt at Doral in 2007, he retrieved his ball then spit into the cup, a snotty gesture of contempt toward the competitors unfortunate enough to be playing behind him.”
  • “Those are but two snowflakes in a blizzard of boorish behavior.”
  • “There’s a club tossed into a lake, fans flipped off, microphones obliterated, his whirling dervish slashing in the bunker the day before his DQ in Saudi -all set to a whiny soundtrack that blames poor results on everyone from Tiger Woods to Carnoustie’s bunker rakers.”

Full piece.


7. Meanwhile, in Perth…
European Tour report…“Panuphol Pittayarat fired an impressive round of 66 to set the clubhouse target early on day two of the ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth.”
  • “The innovative event is making its third appearance in the Race to Dubai, with three rounds of stroke play cutting the field before the top 24 players go head-to-head in six hole knockout match play on Sunday to decide a winner.”
At this writing, Thomas Pieters, Ryan Fox, and Matthew Griffing are tied at the top as well.

Full piece.


8. On Spec
Wanted to alert y’all to our Ryan Barath’s club building and fitting podcast, On Spec. Whether you’re an experienced enthusiast or a mere dabbler, you’ll enjoy the pod.
9. Tiger 17 Gloves
Indicating what we might expect going forward from the partnership, in exclusive video content for GolfTV Tiger Woods talked with Henni Zuel about his approach to playing in the rain.
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