Rory Sabbatini WDs with knee injury, but sticks around to rake bunker


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ORLANDO — Rory Sabbatini withdrew from the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Saturday. Eight over for the day through 13 holes at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Lodge and Club, he cited a knee injury as the reason he could no longer play.

But apparently, it wasn’t bothering too badly because he stuck around to rake a bunker. Sabbatini, who was playing with India’s Anirban Lahiri, didn’t head in after withdrawing but continued walking with Lahiri and even raked a bunker for him.

“It’s really unusual, don’t you think?” NBC’s Jimmy Roberts asked fellow commentator Peter Jacobsen.

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“In all the years I’ve played out here I’ve never seen a player withdraw and hang out,” said Jacobsen, a PGA Tour veteran dating to 1977.

Sabbatini, in the video below, can be seen limping. But the 2020 Olympic silver medalist in men’s golf sure did a bang-up job of raking the bunker. Here’s hoping Lahiri doesn’t forget to tip his extra caddie.



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