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Why does everyone say Sabatini is a jerk?


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Posted 01 December 2018 - 05:17 PM

Everyone seems to say this.  He seems fine in interviews, and was nice on Playing Lessons With The Pros.  

Was wondering why he has this reputation.  

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Posted 01 December 2018 - 05:21 PM

I don't know the man so I can't pass judgement.  His face and body language to project a bit of impatience and negativity.  Could be that he is just very serious during competition.
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Posted 01 December 2018 - 05:26 PM

Some thing years ago about quitting Tigers tournament for shin splints while in last place then keeping the automatic $200k for showing up...not that I cared but it was a big story then

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Posted 01 December 2018 - 05:43 PM

I donít think people say much of anything about him anymore, which says a lot.
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Posted 01 December 2018 - 05:52 PM

Iíve met him, and heís pretty abrupt. Some folks might not like his attitude (thereís been more than enough done to warrant that stigma) but in a non-golf environment he wasnít exactly an engaging person, even when you donít dwell on golf. He was pretty aloof when I spoke with him. Your mileage may vary.

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Posted 01 December 2018 - 05:52 PM

Tiger doesn't like him ergo, I don't like him.
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Posted 01 December 2018 - 06:06 PM

There was that event a couple years ago where he started yelling at some kid, and then more recently wearing pro Russia gear around the time of the election. Plenty of other incidents.
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Posted 01 December 2018 - 06:13 PM

LOL, didn't he just happen to have head covers with flags from his wife's homeland?  And maybe I've got that wrong.

I've never met him, just haven't enjoyed his antics.

But a random whine about him and not even spelling his name right seems out of the blue. Was just sitting around thinking about him .....

Edited by Hawkeye77, 01 December 2018 - 06:14 PM.

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Posted 01 December 2018 - 06:42 PM

He and I went to school (different schools) about the same time and I ended up with him a couple times. Itís no misguided myth, dudes an a-hole.



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Posted 01 December 2018 - 07:06 PM

View Postb.helts, on 01 December 2018 - 06:42 PM, said:

He and I went to school (different schools) about the same time and I ended up with him a couple times. It's no misguided myth, dudes an a-hole.

I can't figure out if I hope "ended up with him a couple times" means just golf or something magical!

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Posted 01 December 2018 - 07:08 PM

Cuz he's a jerk !  :wave:

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Posted 01 December 2018 - 07:38 PM

View PostHawkeye77, on 01 December 2018 - 07:06 PM, said:

View Postb.helts, on 01 December 2018 - 06:42 PM, said:

He and I went to school (different schools) about the same time and I ended up with him a couple times. It's no misguided myth, dudes an a-hole.

I can't figure out if I hope "ended up with him a couple times" means just golf or something magical!

lol!!!  
Ended up paired with him? nope.
Ended up in his group? Not really.
Ended up playing with him? Definitely not.
Ended up.....

Dammit Hawk, get your mind out of the gutter.

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Posted 01 December 2018 - 07:55 PM

View Postb.helts, on 01 December 2018 - 07:38 PM, said:

View PostHawkeye77, on 01 December 2018 - 07:06 PM, said:

View Postb.helts, on 01 December 2018 - 06:42 PM, said:

He and I went to school (different schools) about the same time and I ended up with him a couple times. It's no misguided myth, dudes an a-hole.

I can't figure out if I hope "ended up with him a couple times" means just golf or something magical!

lol!!!  
Ended up paired with him? nope.
Ended up in his group? Not really.
Ended up playing with him? Definitely not.
Ended up.....

Dammit Hawk, get your mind out of the gutter.

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Posted 01 December 2018 - 08:00 PM

View PostHawkeye77, on 01 December 2018 - 06:13 PM, said:

LOL, didn't he just happen to have head covers with flags from his wife's homeland?  And maybe I've got that wrong.

I've never met him, just haven't enjoyed his antics.

But a random whine about him and not even spelling his name right seems out of the blue. Was just sitting around thinking about him .....

Dunno. Timing just seemed odd for a lot of folks.
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Posted 01 December 2018 - 08:02 PM

The walking ahead incident wasn't great

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Posted 01 December 2018 - 08:04 PM

View Postsdandrea, on 01 December 2018 - 05:21 PM, said:

I don't know the man so I can't pass judgement.  His face and body language to project a bit of impatience and negativity.  Could be that he is just very serious during competition.

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Posted 01 December 2018 - 08:10 PM

always reminded me of that dude from Richie Rich (cartoon back in the 70s).....


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Posted 01 December 2018 - 08:14 PM

View Postcardoustie, on 01 December 2018 - 08:02 PM, said:

The walking ahead incident wasn't great


I loved the walking ahead incident.

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Posted 01 December 2018 - 08:20 PM

View PostHawkeye77, on 01 December 2018 - 06:13 PM, said:

LOL, didn't he just happen to have head covers with flags from his wife's homeland?  And maybe I've got that wrong.

I've never met him, just haven't enjoyed his antics.

But a random whine about him and not even spelling his name right seems out of the blue. Was just sitting around thinking about him .....

Is he actually married? I just did a quick google search and found out that he was married to a Texan lady (Amy), but they divorced a while back.
However, Wikipedia informs me that he is trying to acquire Slovakian nationality. The Slovakian flag has red, white, and blue on it like the Russian flag.
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Posted 01 December 2018 - 08:24 PM

I was playing with a local pro I know well and do some lessons with.  He played 30 some PGA tour events in the early 2000ís.  I randomly asked him who the most disliked guy on tour was, and without pause, ďRory Sabbatini without a doubtĒ.

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Posted 01 December 2018 - 08:37 PM

So bored is WRX that a Rory f****** Sabbatini thread was started.  


This is a new low - even for us.

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Posted 01 December 2018 - 08:45 PM

View PostNo Catchy Nickname, on 01 December 2018 - 08:20 PM, said:

View PostHawkeye77, on 01 December 2018 - 06:13 PM, said:

LOL, didn't he just happen to have head covers with flags from his wife's homeland?  And maybe I've got that wrong.

I've never met him, just haven't enjoyed his antics.

But a random whine about him and not even spelling his name right seems out of the blue. Was just sitting around thinking about him .....

Is he actually married? I just did a quick google search and found out that he was married to a Texan lady (Amy), but they divorced a while back.
However, Wikipedia informs me that he is trying to acquire Slovakian nationality. The Slovakian flag has red, white, and blue on it like the Russian flag.

lol - said I was probably wrong!
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Posted 01 December 2018 - 08:49 PM

View PostiBanesto, on 01 December 2018 - 08:04 PM, said:

View Postsdandrea, on 01 December 2018 - 05:21 PM, said:

I don't know the man so I can't pass judgement.  His face and body language to project a bit of impatience and negativity.  Could be that he is just very serious during competition.

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Posted 01 December 2018 - 08:56 PM

I caddied in a Pro Am with him in the group of 4 ams and he was a tool to everybody, talking crap about how much money they just paid to play horribly. He didn't talk to the group and his caddie was a tool too. Totally came across like they gave zero f's about being there.

On the other hand, another time I was with Patrick Reed and he was actually positive and helped the group. I didn't get to talk to him but he seemed like a nice enough guy, and took pictures & autograph (no neck autographs haha) with anyone who asked.

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Posted 01 December 2018 - 09:30 PM

View Postebrasmus21, on 01 December 2018 - 08:37 PM, said:

So bored is WRX that a Rory f****** Sabbatini thread was started.  


This is a new low - even for us.

Well, enough members were interested enough to reply, so you don't need to worry about it.

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Posted 01 December 2018 - 09:48 PM

View PostRosco1216, on 01 December 2018 - 08:24 PM, said:

I was playing with a local pro I know well and do some lessons with.  He played 30 some PGA tour events in the early 2000’s.  I randomly asked him who the most disliked guy on tour was, and without pause, “Rory Sabbatini without a doubt”.

Same answer when Howard Stern asked Jason Dufner the same question in an interview. Dufner didn't think long either.

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Posted 01 December 2018 - 09:48 PM

View Postebrasmus21, on 01 December 2018 - 08:37 PM, said:

So bored is WRX that a Rory f****** Sabbatini thread was started.  


This is a new low - even for us.

Hey, you spelled his name right!  

Tiger is playing tomorrow and is last at this point so he'll be getting most of the negative attention again soon. ;-)
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Posted 01 December 2018 - 09:51 PM

Whether you go to Leonard's Golf Links or various courses around the Fort Worth area, there are plenty of unflattering stories about him and his wife.

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Posted 01 December 2018 - 10:07 PM

There was a story a few years ago at the Sony in Hawaii.  Rory S came in very early for a practice round and was paired with a husband and wife tourist twosome.  It's a resort course.  The couple said he couldn't have been nicer.  Helping them with their game and enjoying his company.  They ate lunch together after the round and he picked up the tab.  

There's no particular reason a player has to be gracious and friendly with competitors and their caddies.
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Posted 01 December 2018 - 10:18 PM

View Posthowellhandmade, on 01 December 2018 - 09:48 PM, said:

View PostRosco1216, on 01 December 2018 - 08:24 PM, said:

I was playing with a local pro I know well and do some lessons with.  He played 30 some PGA tour events in the early 2000’s.  I randomly asked him who the most disliked guy on tour was, and without pause, “Rory Sabbatini without a doubt”.

Same answer when Howard Stern asked Jason Dufner the same question in an interview. Dufner didn't think long either.

Found the interview from Aug 2013 after he won the PGA. Good listen. Duf is cool. Starts at 1:48 for about a half hour. They talk about the baba booey yelling. Funny stuff.


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