Rory Sabbatini is not making any friends. Earlier this year, he called Tiger out, saying that he was “beatable.” Tiger responded by beating him by five shots at the Wachovia. Yesterday, paired in the final round with Sabbatini again, Tiger beat Rory by eight.
And on Sunday, frustrated by the face that Tiger was lapping him on the course, Sabbatini took out his anger on a local firefighter.
AKRON — Rory Sabbatini has a reputation for saying what he thinks.
But apparently he doesn’t always like hearing what other people think.
A frustrated Sabbatini had a fan tossed out of Firestone Country Club on Sunday for making what seemed to be a rather innocuous comment.
Sabbatini, who earlier this year had said he thought Tiger Woods was “as beatable as ever,” had already gone from a stroke up on Woods to start the day to six behind after making double bogey at nine, a long par 4.
As Sabbatini headed for the 10th tee, Steve Banky of Cuyahoga Falls leaned in from behind a tree in the gallery to shoot a little barb the South African’s way.
“Hey, Rory, do you still think Tiger’s beatable?” asked Banky.
Sabbatini’s response? He told Bridgestone officials to, “Take this (expletive) out of here.”
So they did.
Later in the press conference, Sabbatini implied that the guy was drunk: “I guess a few too many beers were talking,” he said.
I think the firefighter should demand an apology. Or maybe sue for defamation of character.
It’s not the first time Sabbatini has made a total schmuck of himself. Two years ago at the Booz-Allen, Sabbatini got into a tiff with Ben Curtis on the course. Curtis was playing too slowly for Rory’s tastes, so Rory played ahead on the 17th and headed to the 18th, leaving Curtis on the seventeen fairway.
I suppose it doesn’t matter to Sabbatini because he’s wealthy and famous, but he’s going to get a reputation as an immature, spoiled brat. Several golf writers have noted that he’s among the least-liked by his peers.
For fun, some tournament should put Sabbatini and Sergio Garcia in the same pairing.