Sergio Garcia is the centre of attention in the golfing world at the moment after he was disqualified on Saturday from the Saudi International for causing damage to five greens.
When the European Tour arrived in Saudi Arabia last week, a number of people debated about whether the tour should be hosting an event in a country that has some very questionable and strict laws.
However, the main talking point of the week has now shifted towards Garcia. He was one of the high profile players paid handsomely to promote the controversial event in Saudi Arabia, but was embarrassingly disqualified on day three.
He was eventually removed from the tournament for damaging five greens on Saturday, but footage which has since emerged reveals he also took his anger out on a bunker on day two.
Garcia smashed at the sand four times after his second shot made it out of the bunker, before aggressively raking the sand and complaining about how it had previously been raked by a caddy.
This is not the first time Garcia has lost his temper, either. In the past he has spat into a hole at a World Golf Championship in 2007 and had a similar tantrum in a bunker at the 2010 PGA Championship before he took a two-month hiatus from the sport.
No TV cameras were able to catch the damage he made to the greens on day three, but it led to four groups behind him complaining about the greens to officials, with one of those players being Masters Champion Patrick Reed.
This then left European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley with no choice but to disqualify Garcia for ‘serious misconduct’, and the 39-year-old respected the decision.
“I respect the decision of my disqualification,” Garcia said. “In frustration, I damaged a couple of greens, for which I apologise, and I have informed my fellow players it will never happen again.”
Despite calls for him to be banned, Garcia will allegedly face no fine or suspension by the Tour.