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For many of us, our youth was spent dreaming big dreams. Some wanted to be actors or singers, while others dreamt of a life in politics. Some took the noble route, imagining themselves as doctors or firefighters.
But a great many of us believed that we would be talented enough for the big leagues. We saw ourselves playing our days away, wowing crowds and bringing home oversized gold trophies.
Sure, this is a dream for many, but those who’ve been grinding day in and day out have their own issues, too, and athletes are not impervious to angst.
Such was certainly the case this week in the world of professional golf.
Sergio Garcia’s opening round at the 2022 Wells Fargo Championship is getting attention not because of his play but because of one specific moment on the par-5 10th. Hitting his tee shot left of the fairway into a penalty area, the fiery Spaniard was able to find his golf ball, albeit not in the allotted three-minute time frame competitors are given when searching for a potential lost ball.
Just outside the given time, Garcia was assessed a penalty stroke and subsequently expressed his displeasure to the rules official.
“I can’t wait to leave this tour,” Garcia said. “I can’t wait to get out of here. Just a couple more weeks until I don’t have to deal with you anymore.”
The moment went viral on social media.
Sergio Garcia, frustrated with what he thought was the early start of the clock to look for a lost ball, seemingly telling a rules official…
…I cant wait to leave this tour
…cant wait to get outta here
…just a couple more weeks until I don’t have to deal with you any more pic.twitter.com/k1qRRYbmsF
— The Fried Egg (@the_fried_egg) May 5, 2022
Sergio pull hooks his tee shot on 10, FINDS IT, but rules official said it took took long.
He was extremely upset, took his drop, then shouted across the fairway, "I'm going to play slow now, okay?" pic.twitter.com/5DGMheWUc6
— Sean Zak (@Sean_Zak) May 5, 2022
Garcia was getting ready to jump ships to begin with.
Reading in between the lines, it is quite obvious what the 42-year-old is referring to. Linked to the LIV Golf League, the former Masters champion would join many of his European counterparts to participate in the Saudi-backed golf league. With Lee Westwood, Richard Bland and Ian Poulter all being tied to Greg Norman’s league, Garcia has become the latest to express his commitment, albeit in an unofficial fashion.
The anguished golfer did not make himself available to the media at the conclusion of the round containing the outburst.
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