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It's time for childlike Garcia to grow up, fumes Koepka


Tantrum: Sergio Garcia lost his cool at the Saudi International
Tantrum: Sergio Garcia lost his cool at the Saudi International

By Phil Casey

Three-time Major winner Brooks Koepka has accused Sergio Garcia of acting like a child following the incident which led to his disqualification from the inaugural Saudi International.

Garcia was disqualified for "serious misconduct" under rule 1.2a after admitting to damaging greens on the front nine of Royal Greens Golf & Country Club during the third round.

Koepka was playing two groups ahead of Garcia and therefore not directly affected by the actions of the 39-year-old, but was nevertheless unimpressed by what occurred.

"That's just Sergio acting like a child," Koepka said.

"Everybody's got to play the same golf course. I didn't play very good, but you didn't really see anybody else doing that. You're 40-years-old so you gotta grow up eventually.

"It's frustrating as a player to see. To act like that, the disrespect to everybody, to act like a child out there is not cool."

It is far from Garcia's first brush with authority and led to calls on social media for the former Masters champion to face a hefty fine or suspension, but European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley said: "The incident is over. We have dealt with it. Sergio has apologised to the players and we move on."

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