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.”