Originally Posted by iacas
I have a question: do you feel like a jerk slagging a guy's hat when he's had skin cancer once or twice already and wears the hat because it keeps the sun off more of his skin (neck, ears, etc.)?
Really. I've never understood why baseball caps took over the golf game. NOBODY wore a baseball cap on the golf course when I started playing the game -- nobody. (Oh -- Bob Rosburg.) A baseball cap will keep the sun out of your eyes, but that's all. A nice straw or hemp hat or a light pith helmet make for perfect hats on the course, also keeping rain from running down the back of your neck. I much prefer Sabbatini's hat to Rickie Fowler's cartoon-like chapeau or Ricky Barnes' house painter imitation. (On a side note, I think the tour needs to have a rule that every player has to spend 10 minutes of his time on the range with no hat at all, to even out the players' tans. They don't let them wear shorts, they don't let them wear tank tops, why in the world do they permit those guys to take off their hats in public and scare people with their leprosy-like foreheads. Creepy.)
Sabbatini has always seemed fairly okay in interviews. I haven't seen him throw any real fits out there, EXCEPT when his playing partners piss him off, but I'm not saying he hasn't. I've never seen the Pat Perez level of smoldering resentment and violent burning fury against the Golf Gods, at least.m He seems like a fairly nice, if edgy guy, that doesn't "suffer fools gladly", as they say. I'm not defending his treatment of his fellow competitors, but in every instance of which I'm aware, I was sort of on his side and could see how he could lose it. Slow play seems to be the thing that sets him off, or his fellow competitors' failure to observe some piece of etiquette or another. He sort of won me over in one tournament a few years back, playing with Jim Furyk. Furyk was doing that putting practice thing, off to the side of the green that drives me crazy just seeing it on TV. I've always wondered why nobody complains about that -- I know I could see him doing it out of my peripheral vision and would find it distracting, which is the point, ie, Furyk gives every indication that he does it on purpose. (I know that he doesn't, it just LOOKS that way to me.) Sabbatini backed off his putt and asked Furyk to go where he couldn't see him or stop practicing his stroke. It wasn't angry or anything, just a factual request, but you can always tell when Sabbatini is annoyed about something, can't you? Nothing else came of it.