Brooks Koepka has become the first top player to rebuke Sergio García publicly for purposefully damaging greens in Saudi Arabia last week, accusing the Spaniard of “acting like a child”.
García was disqualified from the European Tour event for “serious misconduct” after admitting taking his frustrations out on the putting surfaces during the third round. The exact number of greens affected has since been put at five with fellow pros playing behind him complaining to referees about divots and scuff marks.
Koepka was actually in a group two ahead of García, so was not involved directly, but that has not stopped him declaring his opinion. And it will make uncomfortable reading for the 39-year-old.
“That’s just Sergio acting like a child,” Koepka told the Playing Through podcast. “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 [sic] 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’s not setting a good example and it’s not cool to us, showing us no respect or anybody else.”