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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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  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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2021 PGA Championship: Full Viewer’s Guide

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The second major of the year is upon us, with a host of players with ambitions of hoisting the Wanamaker Trophy come Sunday evening.

Collin Morikawa is the defending champion of the event, and ahead of his title defence at Kiawah Island, here’s a rundown of all the coverage you can tune in for come Tuesday afternoon.

How to watch the 2021 PGA Championship

Tuesday

Noon-3 p.m: Tuesday at the PGA Championship (ESPN+)

Wednesday

Noon-3.p.m: Wednesday at the PGA Championship (ESPN+)

Thursday

 7a.m.-1 p.m: First-round coverage (ESPN+)

1 p.m.-7 p.m: First-round coverage (ESPN)

7 a.m.- 7 p.m: First-round featured groups and featured holes (ESPN+)

Friday

 7a.m.-1 p.m: Second-round coverage (ESPN+)

1 p.m.-7 p.m: Second-round coverage (ESPN)

7 a.m.- 7 p.m: Second-round featured groups and featured holes (ESPN+)

Saturday

8 a.m.-10 a.m: Third-round coverage (ESPN+)

10 a.m.-1 p.m: Third-round coverage (ESPN)

1 p.m.-7 p.m: Third-round coverage (CBS)

8 a.m.-1 p.m: Third-round featured groups and featured holes (ESPN+)

Sunday 

8 a.m.-10 a.m: Third-round coverage (ESPN+)

10 a.m.-1 p.m: Third-round coverage (ESPN)

1 p.m.-7 p.m: Third-round coverage (CBS)

8 a.m.-1 p.m: Third-round featured groups and featured holes (ESPN+)

As for what you can expect from the weather this week, per Weather.com (As of Monday May 17), conditions look set fair for the week.

 

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2021 PGA Championship odds: Jordan Spieth 14/1 to land Grand Slam

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It’s PGA Championship week, and the biggest names in golf are gunning for the Wanamaker Trophy, with Rory McIlroy leading the betting to win again at Kiawah Island.

The Irishman heads the market at 12/1 with a host of big names priced second at 14/1, including Jordan Spieth, who is hoping this is the week he lands the career grand slam.

Check out the full list of 2021 PGA Championship odds (as of May 17) courtesy of BetOnline.ag.

Rory McIlroy 12/1

Bryson DeChambeau 14/1

Jon Rahm 14/1

Jordan Spieth 14/1

Justin Thomas 14/1

Dustin Johnson 16/1

Xander Schauffele 22/1

Viktor Hovland 25/1

Collin Morikawa 30/1

Daniel Berger 33/1

Sam Burns 33/1

Hideki Matsuyama 35/1

Patrick Reed 35/1

Brooks Koepka 40/1

Cameron Smith 40/1

Patrick Cantlay 40/1

Tony Finau 40/1

Webb Simpson 40/1

Scottie Scheffler 45/1

Abraham Ancer 50/1

Matthew Fitzpatrick 50/1

Sergio Garcia 50/1

Will Zalatoris 55/1

Paul Casey 60/1

Sungjae Im 60/1

Tyrrell Hatton 60/1

Joaquin Niemann 66/1

Marc Leishman 66/1

Corey Conners 70/1

Tommy Fleetwood 70/1

Justin Rose 75/1

Louis Oosthuizen 75/1

Jason Day 80/1

Shane Lowry 80/1

Lee Westwood 90/1

Adam Scott 100/1

Brian Harman 100/1

Bubba Watson 100/1

Garrick Higgo 100/1

Gary Woodland 100/1

Keegan Bradley 100/1

Matt Wallace 100/1

Max Homa 100/1

Harris English 110/1

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Matt Kuchar 125/1

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Ryan Palmer 150/1

Alex Noren 200/1

Bernd Wiesberger 200/1

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Cameron Davis 200/1

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Francesco Molinari 200/1

Henrik Stenson 200/1

Ian Poulter 200/1

John Catlin 200/1

Kevin Na 200/1

Martin Kaymer 200/1

Matthias Schwab 200/1

Phil Mickelson 200/1

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Thomas Pieters 200/1

Tom Hoge 200/1

Victor Perez 200/1

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Brendon Todd 250/1

Danny Willett 250/1

Dean Burmester 250/1

Erik van Rooyen 250/1

Harold Varner III 250/1

Joel Dahmen 250/1

Kevin Streelman 250/1

Sam Horsfield 250/1

Talor Gooch 250/1

Tom Lewis 250/1

Byeong Hun An 300/1

Chez Reavie 300/1

George Coetzee 300/1

Jason Dufner 300/1

Jazz Janewattananond 300/1

Mackenzie Hughes 300/1

Rasmus Hojgaard 300/1

Steve Stricker 300/1

Thomas Detry 300/1

Adam Hadwin 350/1

Andy Sullivan 350/1

Brandon Stone 350/1

Byeong-Hun An 350/1

Hudson Swafford 350/1

Martin Laird 350/1

John Daly 750/1

Rich Beem 1000/1

 

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Golfer reacts to shooting 59 with WILD celebration 

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Joining the 59 club is a dream for a lot of golfers, and it’s a dream that came to fruition last Friday for 27-year-old teaching pro Michael Caan.

Caan was competing at Meadow Gardens Golf Club in Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, and was torching the course before heading to the 18th hole needing an eagle for the elusive 59.

With a 40-foot putt left for eagle, Caan’s chances weren’t looking so good, but his friends still decided to capture the effort on their camera phones – and boy, are we glad they did!

Check out the putt and the epic celebration below.

 

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“A lot of people have been asking to see the scorecard (2nd picture), so there you go! Just want to take this opportunity to really thank all the people who have reached out with the kind words of encouragement and congratulations! You all made a really special moment even better! I appreciate all of you.” – Michael Caan

A quick look at his scorecard shows that Caan birdied every par 3 on the course and made five birdies and two eagles over his final 10 holes. Phenomenal. 

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