Sabbatini, O’Hair & Johnson and Tabloid Golf

by Jeff Skinner

This week the PGA Tour moves to Charlotte, North Carolina for the Wells Fargo Championship.  It’s a quality course, the 2017 PGA will be held there and it has a good field but there is some crazy happenings surrounding golf this week and some of it isn’t on the course.  The tour sounds more like a Jerry Springer show than golf a tournament this week.

The rumor is that Rory Sabbatini could get suspended from the PGA Tour for a confrontation with Sean O’Hair during the second round of last week’s Zurich Classic.  Supposedly, the two got into a heated discussion concerning the pace of play.  Sabbatini denied any such suspension but it’s not the first time he has drawn the ire of the tour.  He played ahead of slow playing Ben Crane and has been known to speak his mind.  Alex Miceli has the story.

Speaking of Sean O’Hair, he made news earlier in the week when he decided to leave swing coach Sean Foley.  The two have been together for three years and had good success including a win at Quail Hollow in 2009.  O’Hair was quiet about the parting but Foley said it was just time for him to make a change.  He has missed five straight cuts and his 2011 season has been less than stellar.  O’Hair also has dismissed two caddies within one year.  And he has withdrawn from the Wells Fargo Championship.  Something is going on here.  O’Hair is known to be a laidback, easy going player; all this is quite unusual for a guy that had settled into a comfortable life as a father and tour player.

Adding more intrigue to the tour this week is the fact that Dustin Johnson has let go of his longtime caddy and good friend Bobby Brown.  The rush is on to grab the bag of one of the best young American players.  That bag will make one caddy a rich man.  How long could Johnson and Brown listen to all the talk about “the bunker” and “almost missing his tee time.”  You can bet that whoever lands on that bag will make a ton of money and Johnson will always know if he is in a bunker or not.

With all the talk about the young guns on tour Golf.com has come up with some shots of the new generations “better halves” if you will.  Take a look, you won’t be disappointed.

Enough of all this tabloid tour stuff.  Let’s finish up with some class and you can’t get any classier than a king.  The King, Arnold Palmer, for all you Kardashian watchers, was back where he belongs yesterday: on the course.  Palmer was the feature attraction in the Wells Fargo Championship Pro-Am.  He played with his grandson, Sam Saunders who is in the field on a sponsor’s exemption.  As usual he was a crowd favorite and took some time to sign autographs and offer his opinion on how the game should be changed.


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