Completed: East Lake GCSep 11-14

The Tour Championship (US)

Scheduled: Oct 23-26

The McGladrey Classic

Sergio Garcia cleared after ball-marking probe at Wells Fargo Championship

Last Updated: 04/05/13 5:46pm

  • Share:
Sergio Garcia: Marked ball from the side to avoid stepping on Bill Haas' line

Sergio Garcia: Marked ball from the side to avoid stepping on Bill Haas' line

Sky Bet

Sergio Garcia has been cleared of any wrongdoing after undergoing a trial by TV after the second round of the Wells Fargo Championship.

A television viewer alerted tournament officials to query if Garcia had replaced his ball closer to the hole on the 17th green at Quail Hollow.

But after studying video footage of the alleged infringement, rules officials decided that the Spaniard had no case to answer and his four-under 68 was confirmed.

The viewer had accused Garcia of marking his ball on the side and then replaced it in front, but Garcia insisted he had placed his coin behind the ball but from the side so that he would not step on Bill Haas' line.

"I put it straight up or straight down where I thought it was the same spot," said Garcia, who is five shots behind leader Phil Mickelson on four under.

"I thought I put it as close as I could, obviously, with the coin still behind the ball. It looked like it might have moved a tiny bit, but the rules officials felt that obviously I didn't gain anything by it.

"I thought I put it as close as I could, obviously, with the coin still behind the ball. It looked like it might have moved a tiny bit, but the rules officials felt that obviously I didn't gain anything by it."
Sergio Garcia

"There are obviously a lot of times that you try to put it in exactly the same spot but it's difficult to do, not just for me, but for everyone. They thought that it was fine.

"I said if the guys feel like I gained something by moving it I don't know how much, like a centimetre or a couple of centimetres, whatever it is, I'm fine with the two-stroke penalty.

"I'd rather take the two-stroke penalty than come out here like I was a cheater."

Garcia had earlier provided an unusual highlight when he chipped in for par at the third hole despite being on the green and only four feet from the pin.

After noticing a spike mark on his line, he pulled out a wedge and casually chipped his ball over the obstruction and into the cup to walk off with a four.

  • Share:

Related

Wells Fargo Championship 2013

Success: Ernst savours his moment of glory

Wells Fargo fairytale

Mark Roe says Derek Ernst's remarkable Wells Fargo win will inspire young players around the world.

Derek Ernst: A winner on just his ninth PGA Tour start

Ernst thrilled by exemption

Derek Ernst says securing his future for the next two years was the best spin-off of his Wells Fargo Championship win.

Derek Ernst: Pulled off shock win

Ernst pulls off shock victory

Unheralded Derek Ernst beat England's David Lynn in a play-off to capture the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow.

Most Popular

Features

Perth International preview

Perth International preview

A preview and best bets for this week's European Tour event - the Perth International in Australia.

Best yet to come for Lefty

Best yet to come for Lefty

Phil Mickelson’s short game coach Dave Pelz told Sky Sports his man is set to have one of his best ever seasons.

Sam: I'm not the man

Sam: I'm not the man

Sam Torrance says he is too detached from the European Tour to captain in the Ryder Cup again.