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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 195
SERGIO GARCIA SEVE BALLESTEROS GARCIA’S caddies have always been guaranteed plenty of practise at damage control. At the 2010 PGA Championship his bagman was left to clean up the damage after the irate Spaniard repeatedly took to a bunker wall with his wedge, in one of the truly great golfing meltdowns. SERGIO is as well renowned for the ones that got away as he is his victories. At the 2013 Players he had a share of the lead with just two holes to play as he took aim at the famed par three 17th island hole. But in 10 minutes of high drama, his pitching wedge disastrously came up short, as did his second attempt, and by the time the dust settled he’d carded a quadruple bogey seven, ending his chances. He finished in a tie for eighth, six strokes behind Tiger Woods. RYDER Cup contests weren’t always amiable, particularly when a fiery Spaniard felt he’d been hard done by. Ballesteros took on American Paul Azinger in the Sunday singles at The Belfry in 1989, and things became testy when Seve asked for his damaged ball to be changed after the second hole. Azinger (and the match referee) disagreed. Things worsened at the 18th hole when Azinger yanked his tee shot left into the water. Ballesteros believed the American should take his drop from a particular spot, but Azinger and the referee agreed he could take it from a more advantageous lie that gave him a shot at the green. Suitably peeved, Ballesteros put his own ball into the water and lost his chance to close the one-shot gap. IT’S safe to say that Ballesteros and Azinger never saw eye to eye again. The pair clashed again two years later at Kiawah Island in an opening foursomes match ominously dubbed “The War on the Shore”. Things turned sour quickly, when the Spaniard noticed on the seventh tee that the American’s partner Chip Beck had changed the type of ball they were using. With no penalty given at the time, Azinger later protested that he and Beck had made a mistake but weren’t cheating, to which Ballesteros replied: “It has nothing to do with cheating. Cheating and breaking the rules are two different things”. Ballesteros later issued his famous line: “The Americans were 11 nice guys, and Paul Azinger”. WATCH IT IN THIS VIDEO WATCH IT IN THIS VIDEO
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