May
27
2011
Sabbatini Suspended! I Mean, Withdraws From the Memorial.
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Rory Sabbatini has pulled out of next week’s Memorial Tournament. Yep, he’s “withdrawn.” As you may recall, there’s been quite a bit of chatter that Sabbatini was facing a 30-day suspension from the PGA Tour for his inappropriate on-course behavior. And since the PGA Tour does not discuss or announce disciplinary matters, we’d be left to draw our own conclusions when Sabbatini skipped an event.

After shooting 82 at TPC Four Seasons to miss the cut at the HP Byron Nelson Championship, Sabbatini denied speculation of a potential suspension, according to the Fort-Worth Star Telegram.

“The only reason I was going to play was because I had to qualify for the [U.S.] Open,” Sabbatini said, alluding to his addition to its field via the current top 10 on the money list (he’s 10th). “Now, I don’t have to. After the way I played today, I definitely know I need some time off.

I’ll play the [U.S.] Open and then I’ll be playing the British Open.”

Smells funny!

Rewind back to a few weeks ago to Quail Hollow when news broke of Sabbatini and Sean O’Hair getting into a heated argument during the second round of the Zurich Classic in New Orleans. It was the second time in three months that Sabbatini faced disciplinary action for unprofessional conduct. At the Northern Trust Open, Sabbatini went ballistic at a 16-year-old volunteer trying to help him find his ball in the long rough, causing the other players and caddies in his group to feel embarrassed.

At Quail Hollow sources said Sabbatini had been suspended for 30 days, but he appealed it, which allowed him to continue competing while it was under review.

Sabbatini’s next two events, the US Open and the British Open, are not PGA Tour-sanctioned events, so any suspension from the Tour would not apply. In recent years, he hasn’t played any tournaments in between those two majors, either.

Since speculation over his suspension started, Sabbatini has been a model citizen. He’s spoken up for Ben Crane over a slow play ruling, bought furniture for a house donated to a military family and raked a bunker for a fellow competitor.

(AP Photo/LM Otero)