Rory Sabbatini is always controversial. And slow. And obnoxious. And dressed in fugly clothes. But mostly obnoxious. And this week, he’s in Charlotte as well, playing in the Quail Hollow golf tournament. Yes, at this point I could rant more about Sabbatini.
I won’t though, because then I would just be another media type that he complains about in the following interview. In addition to claiming that the media twists fans’ perceptions of him, Sabbatini talks about the quality of Quail Hollow right now, where it ranks in terms of tournaments on the tour and about being a lightning rod on the golf course and having fans have hate him.
On Quail Hollow:
“I think it’s probably one of the best golf courses we’ve played all year. It’s in immaculate condition as always and they really do run a great event here.”
On where QH ranks in terms of golf tournaments:
“I think this golf course is always probably one of the best events you play all year. Quite simply, it’s a great golf course, it’s a great challenge, it’s a golf course that’s ready for a major championship. Especially with next week being the Players’ it makes getting ready for next week that much easier.”
On being a lightning rod out on the golf course and whether he’s calmed down:
“You know, obviously I’ve gotten older and that’s changed a little bit. But at the same time, it’s one of the things – the fieriness – that makes me as competitive as I am and as driven as I am. So you never really want to lose that, you just want to blend it.”
On the fans hating him and whether it bothers him being seen as the ‘bad boy’ of the tour:
“Oh yes, it does, obviously. But the situation is: I am who I am. You know, some people don’t appreciate that, they don’t understand that, they don’t know me, they don’t know me personally and they’re making a judgment based on facts that the media created. And as well know, the media isn’t always our best friend and that hasn’t done me any favors.”
Listen to Rory Sabbatini on WFNZ in Charlotte with Chris McClain