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Sergio Garcia’s club toss at caddie during final round of The Open: Big deal or no?

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No stranger to losing his cool on the golf course, Sergio Garcia has once again displayed his fiery nature after a video emerged of the Spaniard tossing his club at his caddie during Sunday’s final round at The Open.

Garcia began his final round with four straight pars, before heading to the fifth tee where the shocking incident occurred.

After striking his tee shot to the left on the par-4 hole, the 39-year-old bent down to pick up his tee and walked away from the tee box seemingly in control of his emotions. However, Garcia then hurled his club at his caddie (and brother) Victor Garcia, drawing both an audible crash at contact with the caddie/bag as well as gasps from the crowd.

Check out the incident in the embedded video below.

Garcia went on to make double bogey on the hole and signed for a final round of 78 which gave him a T67 finish at the event.

The incident is yet another controversial moment for the former Masters champion, who was DQ’d back in February at the Saudi International for damaging the greens.

With his history, you’d think Garcia would do his very best to avoid any potential impropriety. That said, putting Garcia’s past aside and imagining for a minute this was another player: Is this a big deal or much ado about very little?

Again, there’s no excuse for tossing one’s club blindly in any direction, but it’s certainly possible Sergio didn’t realize how close his caddie/brother was. That said, it’s not a good look for a man with a history of bad on-course behavior, and he created a potentially dangerous situation totally unnecessarily.

It’s fundamentally bad, obviously, but how bad? Curious to hear what WRXers think on this one…

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Gianni is a freelance writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Diploma in Sports Journalism. He can be contacted at gmagliocco@outlook.com. Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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39 Comments

  1. Pelling

    Jul 28, 2019 at 10:55 am

    No one mentions that Sergio threw the club at his BROTHER! Perfectly acceptable.

  2. Sergio the LOSER

    Jul 28, 2019 at 7:40 am

    Hard to understand why professional golf tolerates this punk. Very hard.

  3. Pete

    Jul 28, 2019 at 1:38 am

    He hit the “shot” or was it ” sh-t shot”
    so he should be prepared for the probability of the bad shot. NO excuse for that type of behaviour. It’s a game that HE should be playing, NOT the game playing him. That behaviour is totally unacceptable. He should be fined.

    • Gary

      Jul 28, 2019 at 4:25 am

      Stop defending Sergio’s is out of control behavior and kick him off the course.

  4. Curt

    Jul 27, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    Doesn’t deserve to be on tour anymore. Such a baby. Gotta love what he teaches kids to do in golf

  5. Dave r

    Jul 27, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    Boy are we all perfect or what.

  6. tiger168

    Jul 27, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    A discussing human being. No regards for others, viewer, caddie, brother, maybe even wife…

  7. Dave

    Jul 27, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    Just because you’re not paranoid it doesn’t mean the world is not out to get you. It’s never his fault. His failure to accept bad luck, bad bounces, bad swings, and his own human imperfections have kept him from becoming one of the game’s best. Can’t defend his juvenile attitude.

  8. Alex L

    Jul 27, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    Taken in isolation, not great – but excusable. With his extensive track record of bed behavior, it’s just pathetic. Spitting in cups, damaging multiple greens, racially charged comments, endless whining and complaining and excuse-making – he’s got no concept of self-control or self-responsibility. He can be witty and charming, but ultimately his arrested development makes him incredibly distasteful.

  9. Robert Coppersmith

    Jul 27, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    Actually, slow play is a much bigger problem for golf as a game.

  10. JP

    Jul 26, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    He can throw his driver at me if it’s like that. For what his caddy makes, I’ll suck it up.

    Wasn’t like he was trying to hurt the guy. Not a big deal. Just an outburst he probably should avoid, given his history. Oh well.

  11. Enrique Funk

    Jul 26, 2019 at 11:01 am

    Not ideal behavior. But at the same time, no big deal either.
    OK, I’m a bit biased, having talked with Sergio numerous times, discussed golf in detail with his father, and told jokes to his mother. Polite, pleasant and articulate people, all.
    But if the golfing lives of the snipers posting snide remarks on this thread were “on camera,” I’d bet there would be a lot for which all of us could leave a comment. Great golfers have their regrettable human moments, just like we all do. We are each accountable for all our behavior, good or bad. No one alive today is perfect. So let the person who really cares about their golfing performance, and has never had an “outbreak” please leave the first critical comment……

    • LoPro

      Jul 28, 2019 at 4:10 am

      Exactly, look at Tiger. Has a bad tourney and goes and pounds a few hookers but that’s all good, it’s Tiger after all ????

    • geohogan

      Aug 9, 2019 at 5:48 pm

      “Great golfers have their regrettable human moments, just like we all do. We are each accountable for all our behavior, good or bad. No one alive today is perfect. So let the person who really cares about their golfing performance, and has never had an “outbreak” please leave the first critical comment……”

      E.F.: Professional athletes are held accountable for their misbehavior. Fines, suspensions, etc.
      Ideally the penalty suits the crime.
      Imperfect athletes beat their wives. If they are polite and educated does that make it acceptable?

      If a professional athlete doesnt act as a spoiled child or as a narcissistic POTUS, does that mean that they dont really care?

      Appropriate penalty should be assessed for Sergio’s most recent misbehavior. If his behavior continues his fines should increase exponentially, IMO.

  12. Sergio Garcia

    Jul 26, 2019 at 1:36 am

    Look at all the pearl clutching going on in comment section

  13. Gil

    Jul 25, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    Once a piece of crap always a piece of crap……..too bad he wasn’t playing with Koepka and the club accidentally hit Brooks……he would have beat Sergio’s ass.

  14. Jim

    Jul 25, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    If that happened to me when caddying, I would have dropped the bag and walk off. Garcia is a little boy and needs to be spanked.

  15. Reggie

    Jul 25, 2019 at 10:48 am

    Why does he have any fans at all? His conduct is regularly unprofessional, boorish, unsportsmanlike, and in this case cruel. Did getting married and having a kid make him a better person? No. Did winning a major make him act more professional? No. Let’s face the fact that Sergio Garcia is a punk. A punk who is a highly skilled golfer, but still a punk.

  16. Tom E Missler

    Jul 25, 2019 at 10:13 am

    sergio might learn something from anger management that would be worthwhile.

    he should be separated from golf until he is able to control himself. the best
    players can control their emotions. likely the single biggest reason sergio has
    not had more big time wins is due to his short fuse.

  17. BD57

    Jul 25, 2019 at 9:24 am

    Not professional, deserving of a fine and public reprimand.

    There are kids who pay attention to how the pros behave. They need to know this sort of behavior isn’t acceptable in the game.

    Does Sergio want to show this video to his daughter?

  18. Billy-Bob

    Jul 25, 2019 at 8:01 am

    millennials STFU, you bunch of panty-waist pussies. What a generation of sissies. Sergio made a bad toss his brother couldn’t handle and the head clashed up against his irons. BFD. Grow some balls and become men. It is the “way we roll”, no offense to his brother and I can assure you none taken.
    Sergio wears his emotions on his sleeve. He wants to win, not participate. But then you and your participation-trophy, effeminate peers would have no understanding of that.

  19. Shallowface

    Jul 25, 2019 at 7:09 am

    His behavior seems to have gotten worse since his marriage. Usually the opposite happens.

    • Gunter Eisenberg

      Jul 25, 2019 at 8:44 am

      Yeah. I’d thought he’d mellowed out and finally be more mature, especially now that he’s a dad.

  20. Greg

    Jul 25, 2019 at 6:56 am

    He should has been disqualified from the event and fined by the R&A.

    • Pete

      Jul 25, 2019 at 9:23 am

      Fully agree…..he needs to to assume responsibility for his behavior…..spitting in a green cup, damaging a green, throwing clubs. Suspension is appropriate,

  21. Christopher Hansen

    Jul 25, 2019 at 4:23 am

    Unsportsmanlike conduct is rarely punishable. Everyone has witnessed at least one Sergio. I would think it’s really up to his peers to hold him accountable. For me, when I come across this kind of behavior (which is rare), I simply tell the other player that I find that behavior offensive and I won’t play with people who can’t control themselves, who needlessly endanger others , or who needlessly damage the course. It’s disrespectful to the game, to the field and to playing partners. If it happens again I’ll choose to play with someone else.

    If a complaint is filed formally by his playing partner, that usually gets attention. Far too few would be willing to do so because it’s inherently disruptive to their own game and performance.

    Golf is a game that tests your control over your body. That includes your emotions. Sergio will never find success again until he learns that.

    I’d love to see a fine of mandatory anger management counseling. This would be far more humbling than a monetary fine.

  22. A B

    Jul 24, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    Sad this is , this jerk won the Masters – it is unfortunate that he will be a Masters champion for the rest of his life

  23. joe

    Jul 24, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    poor parenting. bottom line

  24. Mac David

    Jul 24, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    If it acts like a duck. Poor Brother

  25. Nathan Hart

    Jul 24, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    No big deal, who cares, at the end of the day its self sabotage. Good luck to him.

  26. Gurj rai

    Jul 24, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    What a sad little child he is! Tosser!

  27. Brandon

    Jul 24, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    How has nobody kicked this guys ass yet?

  28. DukeOfChinoHills

    Jul 24, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    His actions are more childish than professional. As his game is starting to slip into oblivion, his tantrums are more prevalent. I hope his next outburst doesn’t get anyone nearby injured. The R&A should consider a fine just to let Sergio know he’s on their radar.

  29. scooter

    Jul 24, 2019 at 11:59 am

    Sergio should just retire from competitive golf … he seems to hate the game on most days.

  30. gdaddy

    Jul 24, 2019 at 11:46 am

    Agreeing with Brandon. It’s not a big deal, because everybody already knows that Sergio is a childish jerk. The sad part is that the R&A won’t publicly fine him and set an example.

  31. Jamie

    Jul 24, 2019 at 11:41 am

    Wish he would have hit someone else like a standard bearer or someone in the gallery. Then maybe he would get what he really deserves. Fines are nothing. Banned from Tour for 1 year, at least.

    • Todd

      Jul 24, 2019 at 7:21 pm

      Enough is enough dude needs to go away for at least 6 months. Fines do nothing for someone who makes what he does!

  32. Tom Newsted

    Jul 24, 2019 at 11:20 am

    I agree with Brandon. This behavior is unacceptable and the R&A should step in and fine him for his poor behavior and lack of sportsmanship

  33. Brandon

    Jul 24, 2019 at 10:49 am

    There’s never an acceptable time to throw a club. Not a big deal though considering who it is. Just par for the course. I really thought he was maturing after his Masters win and the birth of his daughter. Then the sand trap and this. Guess he is still the same. Sad.

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Brooks Koepka talks the Olympics, Kobe Bryant, and Tiger at the Masters in a SiriusXM Town Hall broadcast

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While Brooks Koepka’s comments on SiriusXM regarding Patrick Reed grabbed the headlines this week, the four-time major champion spoke about several interesting subjects in the town hall broadcast, including the Olympics, Kobe Bryant and what Tiger Woods said to him following the 2019 Masters.

On the subject of the Olympics, Koepka stated how he was currently on the fence about the event, explaining how he believes it would be “cool to be an Olympian” but that it has “thrown a kind of a wrench in the schedule.”

“Right now, to be honest with you, I’m kind of 50-50. I want to do it, yes, I think it would be awesome to do. But at the same time we have majors, WGCs, the playoffs, its all kind of… I mean, these (motions to PGA Championship trophy) take it out of me, I’ll be honest with you. You come down and I need two days just to kind of mentally recharge.

It’ll be interesting just the timing of it, where it is at. The playoffs are kind of important. I’d like $15 mil. I think that’d be nice. I’d like to be fresh for that. If anything I’m leaning more towards going. It’s an honor. You play for your country.”

On hearing of Kobe Bryant’s death, Koepka spoke about how he was blown away, how he found it difficult to believe it was real, and how despite never meeting Bryant, the loss hit him so hard that he ended up crying in his hotel room.

As Bryant was his childhood idol, Koepka said he got on the phone that night to Nike to ensure that the unfinished project of his Kobe Bryant-inspired golf shoes would be completed to honor the basketball great.

The 31-year-old lost out to Tiger Woods by one stroke at the 2019 Masters, and recounted how Woods was quick to remind him that this levelled up their affair after Koepka had seen off Woods’ challenge at the 2018 PGA Championship.

“Augusta was interesting because, coming down the stretch I rinsed one on 12. We all know what happened. We all know he won. But it was crazy walking off the green and being there to congratulate him. The first thing he said was, ‘One-and-one now.’ (laughs)”

The entire Brooks Koepka Town Hall special will be rebroadcast on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio on Wednesday, Feb. 19 (10:00 pm ET), Friday, Feb. 21 (8:00 pm ET) and Sunday, Feb. 23 (noon ET). The full special is also available now on SiriusXM On Demand.

Brooks on the Olympics

Brooks on Kobe Bryant

Brooks on Tiger at the Masters

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (2.19.20)

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In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best #GolfWRX tagged photos on Instagram. In case you aren’t already, there’s a whole load of action going on at our page, so follow us: @golfwrx

Let’s get to it then, here are six of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

No words needed!

Long neck G7 from Goodwood.

Matthew Fitzpatrick’s raw 60-degree Vokey SM8.

Miura Tour Grind Copper Damscus etched wedges from The Golf Garage.

Penn State themed Phantom X-12 from Embrace Putters.

Nice shots of Littlestone Golf Club courtesy of Cameron More.

Get hashtagging your golf posts #GolfWRX for your chance to feature in our best of Instagram posts in the future!

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Peter Kostis: “I’ve seen Patrick Reed improve his lie four times”

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Following Brooks Koepka’s comments that he believes Patrick Reed cheated at the Hero World Challenge, former CBS golf analyst Peter Kostis has now weighed in on the matter – claiming he’s seen the Texan improve his lie on multiple occasions.

Speaking on the latest No Laying Up podcast, Kostis revealed that he had seen Reed improve his lie up-close and personal “four times” before recounting what he saw on one particular occasion (original quotes via Bunkered)

“He put four or five clubs behind the ball, kind of faking whether he’s going to hit this shot or hit that shot. By the time he was done, he hit a frickin’ 3-wood out of there. When I saw it, it was a sand-wedge lay-up originally.”

On the podcast, the former on-course commentator explained how he isn’t sure Reed “knows he’s doing it sometimes”. Speaking on why he never reported one of the four incidents, Kostis stated how analysts report to an unwritten TV rule to document the story and not to be the story themselves.

“We could never call a penalty on a player, but we could comment if a penalty was called on a player. That’s the difference. I couldn’t say anything. I can’t be the story. Now I’m done, I don’t really care.”

Kostis then mentioned another occasion where he saw Reed doing something similar at another event after he hit the ball over the green. Kostis unveiled by the time Reed had struck his shot, the analyst could see the logo on his ball from a once treacherous lie.

“He hit it over the green and did the same thing. He put three or four clubs behind the ball. It was really a treacherous shot. Nobody had gotten close all day long from over there. By the time he was done, I could read ‘Callaway’ on the golf ball from my tower.”

Kostis also added that there’s always been “a player or two” throughout history who “stepped on a spike-mark” or “fudged with their coin marking their ball”, but that 99.99% of guys on Tour play by the rulebook.

 

 

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