Seventeen days into the new year and we already have Segio Garcia controversy!
Garcia is playing the Abu Dhabi Championship this week and this video arose after a first round in which he was 4 over and called the rough "dangerous."
Watch the video above -- it sort of looks like Sergio Garcia taps down a spike mark with his putter in the top left of the screen, doesn't it?
He was questioned about it on the 18th green on Thursday by a rules official and cleared of any wrongdoing because he said it was actually a "pitch mark" he was tapping down.
As Sky Sports pointed out, Garcia would have been disqualified if it had been deemed a spike mark because that would have been a two-stroke penalty and he would have been in violation of signing an incorrect scorecard.
The European Tour released this statement:
"[European Tour chief referee] John Paramor is satisfied with Sergio's version of the matter and that is the end of the issue."
You'll remember that
Garcia was 4 under on Friday and barely sneaked inside the cut line.