March 25, 2007 / 10:39 PM / 12 years ago

Garcia likely to be fined over spitting incident

In this file photo, Sergio Garcia of Spain tees off on the second hole during second round play at the WGC-CA Championship golf tournament at Doral Golf Resort, March 23, 2007. Garcia is likely to be fined for a spitting incident at the WGC-CA Championship, although the PGA Tour is not prepared to disclose details. REUTERS/Jason Arnold

MIAMI (Reuters) - Spaniard Sergio Garcia is likely to be fined for a spitting incident at the WGC-CA Championship, although the PGA Tour is not prepared to disclose details.

The 27-year-old spat into the bottom of the cup on the 13th green during Saturday’s third round after three-putting for bogey on the par-three hole.

“As I normally don’t, I won’t comment on the specifics here,” PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem told NBC Sports television during Sunday’s final round at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa.

“But I will say that we try to avoid conduct that creates a distraction, a negative for the fans and a distraction for the media.

“Thankfully, on the whole on the PGA Tour, we don’t have too much of it. When we do, we have to move forward. I’m sure I will have a conversation about it with Sergio.”

Garcia, who went on to card a one-under-par 71 after missing a par putt from seven feet at the 13th, described the incident on Saturday as “no big deal”.

He added: “I just missed that putt and wasn’t too happy.”

Finchem applauded the Spaniard’s impact on the PGA Tour since he joined the circuit in 1999.

“He has been a terrific addition,” he said. “His record is blemish-free and I’m confident this is a one-off situation.”

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