ORLANDO, Fla. — On Saturday, Rory Sabbatini pulled out of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He was eight over for the day after 13 holes at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Lodge and Club, and he said he couldn’t play because of a knee problem.
But it didn’t seem to worry him too much, for he stayed to rake a bunker. Sabbatini, who was playing with India’s Anirban Lahiri, remained walking with Lahiri and even raked a bunker for him after quitting.
“Do you think it’s a little strange?” Jimmy Roberts of NBC posed the question to fellow analyst Peter Jacobsen.
“I’ve never seen a player withdraw and hang out in all the years I’ve played out here,” said Jacobsen, a PGA Tour veteran since 1977.
In the footage below, Sabbatini may be seen limping. The 2020 Olympic silver medallist in men’s golf, on the other hand, performed a fantastic job raking the bunker. Let’s hope Lahiri remembers to tip his second caddie.
How good is Rory Sabbatini at raking bunkers? That’s just flawless execution from start to finish. pic.twitter.com/zXsIHvsbbm
— Shane Bacon (@shanebacon) March 5, 2022