Wait, This Guy’s A Douche?

May 5, 2011 – 12:44 am by Hickey

In news that is likely to shock the senses, the man pictured above is a total a-hole.

Golfer Rory Sabbatini is allegedly getting suspended by the PGA Tour after two separate incidents of douchery at Tour events, but we can only say allegedly because the Tour keeps all disciplinary matters private. (Uh, someone should let Tim Finchem know that maybe his paying customers might want to know why their favorite player isn’t going to be playing in a certain tournament. Oh wait, I’m talking about Rory Sabbatini, so that probably isn’t a concern).

Sabbatini apparently first raised the eyebrows of Tour higher-ups a few weeks back when he berated a teenage volunteer at the Northern Trust Open who tried to help him find his ball. Supposedly the volunteer placed an empty plastic bottle near a ball in foot-long grass which he thought was Sabbatini’s. Rory showed his appreciation by going apesh*t on the kid for affecting the ball until it was determined the ball was not his. In fact, the grass was so thick that Sabbatini and his caddie also found three other balls that were not his.

Hey dickweed, maybe if you hit it on the green you wouldn’t have to worry about yelling at teenage volunteers. As someone who worked in a similar role at that age, one of the most enduring memories I have is what a gentleman Gary Player was as I walked with his group for 18 holes, dispensing time, wit and wisdom to everyone involved. Perhaps Rory would be well-suited to take a lesson from the founding father of golf in his country.

That might have helped him at last week’s Zurich Classic in New Orleans, where he apparently earned his suspension by getting into a shouting match with Sean O’Hair in the middle of their round. Story has it that the two had to be restrained by O’Hair’s caddie, who is also his father-in-law, to prevent it from getting physical. Personally I think he should have let them rumble because I love the ideas of enforcers in golf, but that’s a whole other blog entry.

Anyway, this incident is not the first to paint Sabbatini in a less than flattering light. Back in 2005, he ditched playing partner Ben Crane because he felt he was playing too slow and walked to the 18th tee while Crane was still in the 17th fairway. In 2007, a few days after blowing the Wachovia Championship by shooting a 74 while Tiger Woods made a 69 (on the course, pervs), Sabbatini declared that Tiger was “more beatable than ever.” When a fan heckled him about it at that year’s Bridgestone Invitational, he had the fan removed. Then, as the icing on the cake, Sabbatini became the first player to withdraw from Tiger’s Target World Challenge, an invite-only event.

Rory Sabbatini, helluva guy!

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  1. 9 Responses to “Wait, This Guy’s A Douche?”

  2. Rory’s not the first, won’t be the last Remember a while ago at the Kemper Lee Janzen (supposedly mr. nice guy)berating a volunteer marshall for not keeping the crowd away from his ball deep in the rough. The volunteer was probably twice his age. My son called Lee an asshole right to his face, and told him don’t hit the ball into the gallery next time.

    By pete on May 8, 2011

  3. Looks like both rank right up there with Mark Brooks, probably the rudest pro I have ever watched. He made some rude remarks to a group of young people at the TPC a few years ago which led to them following him around cheering every time he made a bad shot.

    By tom on May 13, 2011

  4. Perhaps a few spectators at his next tournament could follow him round with a little light heckling would serve the pr**k right.

    By Roy on May 14, 2011

  5. Simple solution. Don’t let him into this country any more.

    By Roy Rowlett on May 15, 2011

  6. This asswipe is going down in 2012, is years of treating people like shit and abusing women will end (not an other tiger like scandal you ask)…more to come

    By n.h on Dec 13, 2011

  7. During a practice round for an event, this chump Rory smacks my sign display (hole par yard sign) with his club and says “oh its metal”. I didn’t know who he was and said “hey man that’s my sign, please dont ruin it”, to which Rory replied “your sign?, I play for the PGA Tour, this is MY sign!” and hit it one more time! I work hard to make and install the displays at some of these events. His attitude towards me was un-called for and rude. and quite honestly, if I wasnt working and in fear of loosing my job, I would have wipped his ass for a comment like that. My co-worked said he saw him the day earlier at the airport screaming at his wife or girlfriend and being rude to her as well. Maybe I will run into him at the gas pump one day, we do live in the same city…….

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