Really zero tolerance on the PGA Tour. Rory Sabbatini was disqualified after the first lap at The RSM Classic for "a non-compliant attachment on the face of the club" In this case, a sticker remained on the driver, placed on the driving range by the same Slovak player but of South African origins.
Rory forgot to take it off and played with that sticker as if nothing had happened at the Sea Island Golf Club, in Saint Simons Iceland (Georgia).
Rory Sabbatini, the rule
Sabbatini violated rule 4.1, the one relating to sticks to be used during a match.
The principle of this rule establishes that every player must use sticks and balls that comply with the required standards. An adhesive, in fact, could alter the surface of the club face. According to insiders, that sticker had a very specific purpose.
It would in fact be a product of Foresight, a company specializing in swing analysis and golf simulators. In practice, that attachment contained a microchip capable of recording speed, impact and other data of Sabbatini's swing on the driving range.
In the world of professionalism a similar device is allowed but obviously only in training or before putting yourself on the tee of hole 1. Never in a competition. So far, no insiders had dealt with the distraction or concentration of a player, so taken that he forgets that sticker.
And to say that Rory has experience of it, from the height of his six wins on the PGA Tour. The 45-year-old vice-Olympic champion did not comment on the PGA Tour decision. A new career as a mental coach, alongside some of the best golfers in the world to drag them to success and support them in times of difficulty.
This is what Michael Phelps, the most decorated athlete in the history of the Olympics, seems to have undertaken (also in the name of friendship). A great golf enthusiast, many now define him as the "secret weapon" of green totems such as Jon Rahm, number one in the world ranking, and Jordan Spieth, the Texan who, after a long period of crisis, is back in 2021 to amaze.
"He's a good guy, he's been through a lot as a sportsman and he's the greatest Olympian of all time with a lot of tricks up his sleeve. I'm not going to reveal what I asked him but I can say that he has helped me a lot in the last period.
" These are the revelations of the Spaniard Rahm. For the legendary swimmer, nicknamed 'the Baltimore Shark', important words also came from Spieth, today 12 / o in the world ranking. "The mental aspect is something I've worked on a lot with him lately.
I'm really lucky to have him around. Besides, he's a great lover of golf and having him now more and more in our world is an added value." This is the opinion of Spieth who yesterday, alongside Phelps, played the Pro-Am of the BMW Championship, the second event of the Play-Offs of the Pga Tour starting today in Owing Mills (USA), Maryland.