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Talk about Sergio Garcia now and the first thing that comes into mind is his controversies and epic Golf meltdown. Now, the Golfer has yet again stirred the hornet’s nest by throwing a tantrum at the recently held World Golf Championships.
Golf’s authorities are increasingly drawing flak finally to take disciplinary action against Sergio Garcia after his temper once again boiled over at the World Golf Championship event in Memphis. A video emerged yesterday of the Spaniard gouging the tee-box after a poor drive on the 16th hole at TPC Southwind in Sunday’s final round. Garcia, 39, is seen taking his hand off the club in disgust after completing his swing and then, in the next second, grabbing it with both hands again and violently slamming it into the turf, creating a huge divot.
For another golfer with a clean record it was the sort of tantrum which would be frowned upon, with so many groups to come having to use that teeing ground, but ultimately forgiven. Yet, Garcia has so much history in 2019 and before, that there is a growing feeling in the locker room that a fine will not suffice on this occasion and that a ban is overdue.
At The Open at Royal Portrush 10 days ago, Garcia, after another wayward tee-shot, was seen petulantly hurling his driver across a tee-box in the direction of his caddie. Garcia did not even look where he was throwing it and it was delivered with such force that unless his bagman, his brother Victor, had not reacted sharply he could have been hit and hurt.
However, this was nothing to his disgraceful display at the Saudi Arabia International in February when he admitted purposefully damaging several greens during the third round. Players in the groups behind complained to officials over the mess he left and after confessing to these unprecedented misdemeanours, he was disqualified for “serious misconduct”.
(With inputs from The Telegraph)