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rorys1wayride.jpgIn a move that left players shaking their heads, Rory Sabbatini withdrew from the final round of the Target World Challenge on Sunday because of “personal reasons,” making him the first player in the nine-year history of the event to leave early.Sabbatini still received $170,000. He was in last place heading into the final round, 28 shots behind. A locker room attendant, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release information, said Sabbatini cleaned out his locker on Saturday afternoon and gave away sweaters and shoes. He told them he was headed to Hawaii, where he spends his Christmas vacation.’

Tournament director Greg McLaughlin wasn’t informed until 8:30 a.m., although he had a hunch Sabbatini was leaving when he was checking out of the hotel and overheard the concierge trying unsuccessfully to book Sabbatini a limo for eight to get to the airport. By Sunday afternoon, McLaughlin still could not locate Sabbatini’s courtesy car. Paul Casey said he saw the South African loading up the car in the hotel parking lot.

Sabbatini’s withdrawal drew almost as much attention as Woods’ seven-shot victory, with Mark Calcavecchia writing it off to “Rory being Rory.”

“I think I could have toughed out one more round,” Calcavecchia said. “I don’t think the fans missed him.”


Tuscon should name a street after him. Wait – they already have.



Written by PappyBro

December 17, 2007 at 18:18

Posted in Golf

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