PGA should slap Garcia with suspension

Unfortunately, recent Masters champ Sergio Garcia is up to his old tricks again, and it’s about time that golf’s top officials do something about it.

Earlier this year, at the European Tour’s Saudi International event, Garcia displayed his terrible form while intentionally gouging holes in several greens after a series of missed putts.

To their credit, European golf officials disqualified Garcia for the event’s final round. It goes without saying that tournament organizers regretted the exorbitant appearance fee they paid Garcia prior to showing up.

At the time, Garcia seemed contrite while issuing the following statement: “In frustration, I damaged a couple of greens, for which I apologize for, and I have informed my fellow players it will never happen again.”

Well, it didn’t take long for Garcia to strike again. Just two weeks ago, Garcia was televised throwing his driver at his caddie (his brother Victor) after a poor shot during the British Open.

And just last week, during the final round of the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Memphis, Garcia added to his growing list of misdeeds. After a poor drive on the 16th hole, Garcia took a large, gouging swing at the tee box and tore a large, ugly divot from the turf.

For Garcia, it seems this temper-tantrum behavior just won’t stop, and it’s an issue that PGA Tour officials really need to address.

As of mid-week, no disciplinary action was announced by tour officials, and it seems like a long shot that it will be. With all that said, it’s my opinion that anything short of a two-tournament suspension would be a disgrace to the game of golf.

Fast play

There’s plenty of talk about slow play in golf today, and rightfully so. That’s why a light-hearted story coming out of Spain earlier this week was especially interesting.

On Wednesday, four golfers arrived at the Real Club de Golf Guadalmina looking to break the Guinness world record for playing a par-5 hole in the least amount of time. Rules for the attempt called for the hole to be at least 500 yards, with a player required to finish the hole with the same number of clubs he began with.

The previous record of one minute, 33 seconds seemed safe as each of the first three golfers failed to hit the mark. Finally, however, Germany’s Thomas Detry, the last competitor, sprinted his way down the fairway and eventually holed his 3-foot par putt before falling breathlessly to the ground and establishing a new record of 1:29.

If Detry were able to keep up that kind of frenetic pace for all 18 holes, he would polish off a round in under 30 minutes. That sounds absolutely amazing, however, I know most of us would be delighted if we could finish our rounds in under four hours.

Vereshack’s 76

I’d like to give a big shoutout to Marty Vereshack, of Smokerun, who at 76 years old accomplished the amazingly difficult feat of shooting his age on Monday.

Playing at Curwensville’s Eagles Ridge golf course, Vereshack recorded three birdies during his impressive round while playing with good friends Randy Miles, Dick Snyder and Mike Ninosky.

Vereshack’s final score of 76 was just 5-over-par at the par-71 course. Congratulations, Marty.

Ken Love covers local golf for the Mirror. He can be reached at gltr777@atlanticbb.net.

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