Sergio is Sorry for saying Augusta Sucks
Immediately after his round he said, "I don't like it, to tell you the truth. I don't think it is fair. Even when it's dry you still get mud balls in the middle of the fairway. It's too much of a guessing game."
And when asked what he would change, he said, "They can do whatever they want. It's not my problem. I just come here and play and then go home."
Not too shocking, considering his past outburst about Carnoustie, and the simple fact that he didn’t play particularly well. After shooting 3-over-par 75 on Saturday, and 2-over-par 74 on Sunday, he tied for 38th place. This is hardly how a player of his caliber would expect to play, and for this we can sympathize with his frustration, sort of. We also feel refreshed by the fact that somebody is willing to express any emotion at all. Especially, in a sport that looks down upon any kind of negative reactions to anything. We can only guess that its done in order to preserve the sacred code of conduct that comes with a “gentleman’s game”, but damn it can become a yawn fest. The only problem is that his statements about the course’s condition do seem a bit insane. Augusta is only talked about as being one of the most perfectly conditioned courses in the world, and he’s whining about mud balls. Either way we don’t think Sergio needs to be slammed for his statements. If anything, they just make him look ignorant.
Tuesday after the Masters, Sergio’s management company released this apology statement:
“Following my final round at the Masters, I made comments in an interview that I regret and want to apologize for. Out of frustration, I blamed the golf course instead of putting the blame where it belongs, on myself.”
“I didn't get it done this week. Augusta National is one of the most iconic golf courses in the game and playing in the Masters each year is an honor. I apologize to the members of Augusta National and the fans who rightfully treasure this golf course."
Nice, but clearly damage control issued by the people that are feeding off Sergio’s success.