It would be hard to have missed the story, but Sergio Garcia is likely to be fined by the Tour for an incident on Saturday at Doral in which he spit into the cup on the par 3 thirteenth. He apparently was upset after three putting.
I’d be upset by the three-putt, too, but the idea of spitting would never have occurred to me.
PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem—as usual—had no comment on the prospects of a fine, but did say that Sergio’s record has been “blemish-free” up to this time.
Maybe that’s true on the PGA Tour, but Sergio was fined in 2003 for throwing clubs during a tournament in South Africa. He also was fined in 2005 for kicking a sign at the European Masters.
I’ve got to wonder what got into him. He had to know that the cameras were going to catch it—that at the very least, the spectators would see it. And there’s no way that can be viewed as acceptable behavior. If I were one of Sergio’s sponsors, I’d send him a very stern note of disappointment.
I can honestly say that I’ve never thrown a club in anger, or kicked an object—and most definitely have never spit at anything. Where I was raised, spitters were viewed as being among the lower forms of scum.
But I do have a colleague who tells of a round of golf in which his foursome was constantly being hit into by the group immediately behind. Finally, by the sixteenth hole, one of my colleague’s foursome had enough. On a blind dogleg, he urinated into the hole, leaving a disgusting puddle for the offending trailing group.
Yes. There was alcohol involved.