Sergio Garcias misconduct in Saudi Arabia: No consequences.

Hi all.

You have probably read the article about Sergio Garcia who recently caused damage to five putting greens in Saudi Arabia and thus was disqualified.

There are no pictures of the putting greens right after it happened, but only this:

Many would have thought that he would get a further penalty from the European Tour such as a fine or a suspension. But  according to Golfchannels website it does not look like that is the case. It quotes European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley for saying this:

– The incident is over…. We have dealt with it. Sergio has apologized to the players and we move on.

This could very well mean that Sergio Garcias actions does not result in any further penalty (suspension or fine) although the European Tour is not known for dealing publicly with such penalties.

Personally I think he should be suspended, since it has happened many times during his career, and by the way since this is what he did in the very same tournament the day before (Friday):

That is not good conduct and not setting a good example for young (or any other) players….

/Brian

5 Comments
  1. JOEL K GOODMAN says

    GARCIA IS AN EMBARRASSMENT TO GOLF. HE SHOULD BE SUSPENDED FOR A YEAR AND PERMANENTLY BANNED IF HE EVER ACTS LIKE A SPOILED BRAT AGAIN. HE ADDS NOTHING TO THE GAME AND IS A TOTAL JERK AT BEST.

  2. Sanjeev Chowdhury says

    What message does this send to everyone, it´s ok to behave like a brat, damage the course, and bring the game into disrepute?

  3. Lawrie says

    The ET are a disgrace. They have set an extremely poor precedent for others to act as spoiled brats.
    Garcia should have received a much stiffer penalty for his actions.

  4. Lord Daniel Hagan says

    This behaviour makes people think golf is for spoilt little rich kids, he should be suspended and made to go on a behaviour/anger management course.

  5. PeterN says

    Whilst I absolutely do not condone Garcia’s despicable behaviour for which he deservedly was disqualified, I suggest that the R&A/USGA have (possibly unwisely) set a poor precedent with one of the January 2019 rule changes.
    Page 67 in the Players Edition of the Rules of Golf has the following as a permissible action in a bunker: “Striking the sand in frustration or anger”. (Ref the last bullet point – Rule 12.2b)
    Therefore, whilst the video above on this page showing Garcia losing his temper in a bunker (clearly setting a very poor example), his behaviour in this instance would appear to be perfectly acceptable under the rules of golf and hence shouldn’t be used in this scenario.
    Just why the rule makers put this in the rules completely befuddles me!

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