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Biggest Crybabies in Golf

Steve SilvermanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 10, 2017

Biggest Crybabies in Golf

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    There are many ways to make a living in the world, and it's hard to imagine too many better ways than playing golf on the PGA tour.

    Players get to compete for exorbitant purses, sometimes winning as much as $1 million or more in a single four-day tournament.

    The players are treated like royalty by the tournament organizers and get to stay in five-star hotels on a regular basis where all their needs are met for them. Fans idolize them and network broadcasters help build their reputations by praising their games.

    They also get to play on the most beautiful golf courses in the world.

    Yet despite all the benefits, some golfers are not happy with their lot in life. They take out their frustrations on competitors, organizers and fans.

    They complain, moan, argue and whine. Here are six of the biggest malcontent/crybabies on the tour.

Vijay Singh

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    There are few golfers that have the smooth swing or overwhelming talent of Vijay Singh.

    He has won more than $67 million throughout his career, and he has 34 tournament victories to his credit.

    At any big tournament, Singh is likely to come up with a contending effort.

    However, don't try to get to know him because he's not going to let too many people get close to him (source: thesandtrap.com). He has a desire to protect himself from outsiders. He considers anyone who is not his family an outsider.

    Singh is tough on competitors, media members, fans and tournament officials.

    Singh is going to face the world wearing his armor, and he won't let anyone in. He will sulk and shrug his shoulders if he hits a bad shot or gets a bad break.

    While his game can be sublime, his personality can range from cry-babyish to cold.

Rory Sabbatini

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    Few golfers are as thin-skinned on the tour as Rory Sabbatini.

    He is known for his complaining, whining and his temper. He has been known to yell at volunteers who helped him look for his lost ball at a tournament because they did not find it fast enough.

    In the video above, he hit divots at fellow golfer Ricky Fowler on the practice tee.

    Sabbatini knows he has behaved in an obnoxious manner in the past and he realizes it must change. In an interview with Craig Dolch of PGATour.com, Sabbatini says he is trying to keep his outbursts to a minimum.

    "No, I don't enjoy it," Sabbatini said. "I'm a passionate golfer, I really am. I love the game of golf and I've had my moments. I'm not proud of everything I've done out here,

Sergio Garcia

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    Sergio Garcia is glad that first impressions sometimes last the longest.

    One of the first impressions that Garcia made was at the 1999 PGA Tournament. As a young golfer, he was trying to run down Tiger Woods in the final round and earn the title. He was seen literally running up the fairway and jumping with enthusiasm.

    While Garcia continues to show off his solid play and great smile, he has regularly shown fits of temper and crybaby behavior. That includes spitting into the cup after retrieving his ball.

    Garcia often wears a pained expression when he misses a shot or gets a bad break.

Anthony Kim

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    Anthony Kim was once considered one of the young guns on the tour who had a chance to put himself in contention at many of the top tournaments.

    Kim, 27, has been moderately successful, winning more than $12 million in prize money.

    Kim has spent the majority of the 2012 golf season with chronic tendinitis in his left arm (source: ESPN.com). Golf fans and competitors hope he has gotten a large dose of maturity in the process. Kim is known for his superior attitude and smug demeanor.

    Additionally, he has been known to whine and complain when things don't go his way.

Tiger Woods

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    Tiger Woods is clearly one of the greatest players the game has ever known.

    He has 14 major championships, second to Jack Nicklaus, and earnings of more than $100 million in his career.

    He was second on the tour in 2012 earnings to Rory McIlroy, and even with that finish, it was considered a "poor" year by Tiger Woods standards because he did not win a major title.

    Woods has been scrutinized and taken to task for his personal life, which blew up in embarrassing fashion in 2009. He has been trying to build up his image since then.

    Woods, though, remains an incredible competitor. He can be charming on the golf course, but he will also throw fits of temper, make audible groans and moans and act in an obnoxious behavior.

    While he doesn't do it all the time, everyone knows when Tiger starts acting like a baby, and it gets played to the hilt.

    He often rues his behavioral issues, but he repeats them on a fairly regular basis.

Robert Garrigus

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    Robert Garrigus has overcome a significant substance abuse problem to become a consistent golfer on the PGA tour.

    Garrigus won slightly more than $3.2 million in 2012 and finished 20th on the PGA money list.

    Garrigus admits to smoking marijuana regularly while playing on the smaller tours before he made the PGA (source: New York Times).

    He deserves credit for kicking his habit, but he has made a point of holding grudges against those who criticized him. He continues to act in a childish manner when he meets those who said he should have been more dedicated (source: 72strokes.com).

    Mature players learn how to let criticism roll off their backs. Garrigus does not know how to do that.

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