CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Associated Press has reported and multiple PGA Tour sources have confirmed that Rory Sabbatini may be suspended for a confrontation with Sean O’Hair last week at the Zurich Classic, although the South African denied the reports following his pro-am at the Wells Fargo Championship.
This is the second incident Sabbatini has been involved in this year. The first occurred at the Northern Trust Open when he spoke harshly to a teenaged volunteer who was helping him find his golf ball.
According to numerous sources who spoke on condition of anonymity, Sabbatini was suspended for 30 days but has appealed the ruling which would allow him to remain in the field this week at Quail Hollow.
“We do not comment on disciplinary matters,” said Tour spokesman Ty Votaw.
Votaw did, however, confirm that the circuit has a review process for suspensions and that a player would be allowed to play until those proceedings were completed.
Following his pro-am round at Quail Hollow Sabbatini was asked to respond to the reports by Golf Channel: “Respond to what? The crazy rumors. I’m playing this week, so that’s all you need to know. That is just a rumor.”
O’Hair withdrew from the Wells Fargo Championship and wasn’t available for comment, and was also paired with Sabbatini in Los Angeles when he ran afoul the Tour’s rules on player conduct.