VIDEO: Sergio Garcia concedes 17-foot putt to Rickie Fowler
This conceded putt is going to be one of the most talked about parts of the third round of the Match Play Championship.
So this was weird.
Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler were both laying three shots at the par-4 No. 7 hole. Fowler was nearly 20 feet away and Garcia, it appears, was only about five or six.
Yet Garcia told Fowler the putts were good-good -- a gesture usually used when two golfers have nearly equal putts of, say, five feet.
These were, quite obviously, different putts. Garcia said later to Golf Channel that he felt bad for taking too long to play on the hole because his ball landed near a swarm of bees. Thus he gave Fowler the putt.
As Shane Bacon pointed out, the move was a really dumb one on Garcia's part -- whether he was playing slowly or not:
Now this is crazy - before this week, Rickie Fowler had NOT MADE A SINGLE PUTT ALL YEAR outside of 15 feet.— Shane Bacon (@shanebacon) February 21, 2014
The ensuing wonder on Twitter was spectacular:
I don't care if Sergio felt bad about the delay on the last hole: You only give that putt if you're playing with your Dad. At a WGC? No way.— Jonathan Wall (@jonathanrwall) February 21, 2014
Rickie and Sergio have played a lot of golf together the past year & are good pals. Sergio is a really nice guy, but that was something else— Stephanie Wei (@StephanieWei) February 21, 2014
I’m all for a guy being nice and such, but Sergio sure as hell isn’t giving that putt to Fowler at the Ryder Cup.— Shane Bacon (@shanebacon) February 21, 2014
If anything, Sergio should feel bad about that awful haircut Fowler has.— Adam Sarson (@Adam_Sarson) February 21, 2014
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