Rory Sabbatini May Face Suspension
By mustang6560 on 5/5/11
Rumors are Rory Sabbatini, the PGA Tour's resident loud mouth, received a 30-day suspension for "conduct unbecoming" that was related to a verbal altercation with Sean O'Hair last week at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Per the PGA Tour handbook, players have 14 days to appeal a suspension. That means Rory has this week at the Wells Fargo Championship and next week at the Players.

Sabbatini was paired with O'Hair (and Pat Perez) for the early rounds at TPC Louisiana. According to Alex Miceli of GolfWeek:
Sabbatini spent much of last Thursday and Friday complaining about the speed of play. Eventually he asked O’Hair directly if he thought the speed of play was a problem and reportedly O’Hair said the problem was Sabbatini. Sources said O’Hair told Sabbatini that playing in a group with Sabbatini, a known speed-of-play advocate, was equal to a two-shot penalty for his playing competitors.

Sources said no other words were spoken during the round. Two sources said the two confronted each other again in the locker room.
This is the second such incident for Rory this season. At the Northern Trust Open in Los Angeles, Rory got into an argument with a teenager volunteer and it was reported he received disciplinary action. But, the PGA Tour does not comment on disciplinary actions so it was not confirmed.

I don't know Rory, but it seems like he needs to be punched in the face (echo - in the face). He got into an argument with Sean, I mean, whatever. He sees the guy week in and week out during the season and Sean plays slow. OK, I get it. But to get upset with a teenage volunteer, not acceptable.

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Backquak says:
Remember the Ben Crane pairing, he finished a hole and teed off before Ben finished. Rory is apparently a very fast pace player but since there are so many slow paced players on tour, you would think he would be used to it by now. I am with him these slow guys need to speed it up, but they can get away with it until they get put on the clock. It's got to be frustrating to be the Fast player and get penalized double, they have to put up with the slow play, and then they get put on the clock along with the slow player so that frustrates them even more
Trav says:
Take his hat and hold it out of reach until he apologizes and tell him you'll stomp it flat if he does it again.

I know he does some good things, but man has real anger issues he better get attended. Going after a teen volunteer - especially when the volunteer did nothing wrong = not good.
Matt Otskey says:
Banker85 says:
I dont get what he did wrong? He asked Sean to speed up? Is that against the rules? or am i missing something?
mustang6560 says:
@Banker85- Sean's dad/caddie supposedly had to step in to stop the verbal exchange from escalating. The PGA Tour views this as conduct unbecoming and since it's Rory's second such incident this year, he's on the hot seat.
Kurt the Knife says:
I don't get this one either. I think some of these prima doannas need to get the bloody lead out.
Duke of Hazards says:
That's cool. PGA tour needs a hot-head. Sabbatini and his belt buckles and hats and quick temper make for good drama. BTW - Sean O'Hair is painfully slow, remember him at the Players in '07?
Envythepea says:
I get it. Playing with slow players in my group freaks me out and I get totally off my game. It's hard for me to focus on my shots because I'm stressing about the group behind us getting pissed off. I care too much what other people think, I guess. Rory must be the same.
windowsurfer says:
I would have liked to hear the part where Sabbatini asked O'Hair what he thought of slow play. That was a dry Sabbatini. (Sorry.)
EloraBlue says:
Just imagine how much better us regular slobs could be if we could spend 5 minutes per shot thinking about it. I hate slow play on the pro tours or at my local. I'm with Sabbatini on this one and it sounds like O'hair escalated things not Rory. Could use more guys like him on the tour and way less prozac riddled automatons like 90% of the US golfers. Sorry to single out you Yanks but let's face it, personality is not a strong suit of your sports stars.
BAKE_DAWG40 says:
I hate slow play too. I don't blame Rory for complaining about it but, Rory seems like he's too much of an a-hole. I remember a couple years ago at the WGC at Firestone somebody in either the group behind him or in the gallery pissed him off and if looks could kill that person would be dead. I also recall him just leaving Target World Challenge in CA without an explanation to Tiger. Not cool.
bducharm says:
Had the opportunity to fly sitting next to Rory a few years ago. He couldn't have been nicer! He and his wife are HUGE supporters of the American troops, even though he is from South Africa! I agree with others here - PGA Tour players are coddled and spoiled. They need to pick up the pace and play! I know when I played in USGA qualifiers, the officials were adamant about specific time checks - sounds like a great idea for the PGA Tour!!!
bducharm says:
@EloraBlue - see Bubba Watson if you want personality!!!
bkuehn1952 says:
Part of being a mature and responsible person involves self-control. One can be a charming and interesting person but if you lack self-control you will end up alienating everyone (or worse). Rory Sabbatini may very well be a nice guy most of the time. It is great that he supports our military families. However, he obviously lacks control. Very few of us enjoy slow play. However, there are better ways to address this issue than getting in someone's face mid-round unless, of course, you want to have a reputation as a hot-headed a-- and enjoy getting in fights.
legitimatebeef says:
All you gotta do is take one look at Sabbatini's face to see what kind of guy he is.
aglazier says:
I volunteer at the Northern Trust each year and have had the pleasure of being in Sabbatini's group twice. Seriously, he was a true gentlemen to his competitors and to the volunteers. He does have a temper, but it is almost always directed at himself. It shouldn't have come to Rory having to tell Sean to pick up the pace, the tour should have done it months ago.
wrhall02 says:
Slow players always react badly when it is brought to their attention. But at the Pro level, they should be able to adapt to all sorts of conditions we amateurs will never face.
Food for thought though: I have never been asked by a Marshall to slow down.
DCB63 says:
Although I'm not a big Sabbatini fan, I sympathize with him. I just left a golf group where one of the organizers of the club played very very slow. I found out later that it was part of his gamesmanship and he felt that by annoying the rest of us gave him an edge in play. Even a range finder seemed to slow him down. He stubbornly refuses to pick up play until a marshal drives up and tells us we are holding up play for the course. This happened a few times. I'm not saying that pro's use slow play as gamesmanship all the time but it seems to penalize those who play quick or get stiff standing around.
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