DP World Tour pro Pablo Larrazabal has responded after video footage emerged of him walking in front of his playing partner Robin Sciot-Siegrist while his birdie putt was on the way to the hole on the par-4 6th during the third round of the BMW PGA.
Although Larrazabal did not step on Sciot-Siegrist's line at all, he did stand right in the way of the Frenchman as his ball had just gone over halfway to the hole.
The shock video footage immediately went viral, with the popular NUCLR Golf account tweeting: "Is this acceptable?"
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No. That would require a conversation.— Hunter Mahan (@HunterMahan) September 16, 2023
A number of golf fans were in agreement that Larrazabal's actions were unacceptable, while others considered it was more than appropriate given the situation the Spaniard outlined in his tweet below.
After seeing the clip posted on Twitter after his third round, Larrazabal, who has won twice on the DP World Tour this season, explained how he sped up his walk while Sciot-Siegrist's birdie attempt was on the move because their group was on the clock.
They were also a hole and a half behind the group in front of them.
Nine-time DP World Tour winner Larrazabal appeared to fire shots at his playing partners as he tweeted: "That’s me, we were on the clock and hole and a half behind… play quick, play better…"
That’s me, we were on the clock and hole and a half behind… play quick, play better…— Pablo Larrazabal (@plarrazabal) September 16, 2023
The group eventually caught up time and none of the players were penalised any strokes for slow play.
Larrazabal carded a 71 to move to 7-under par, and nine strokes off the pace currently set by Sweden's red-hot Ludvig Aberg.
Sciot-Siegrist got off to a brilliant start in the third round with three birdies on the first five holes, but being put on the clock clearly interfered with his stride as he ended up signing for a 74 to slide back to 4-under par for the tournament.
Nathan Kimsey made up the three-ball, and he shot a 67 to move into contention for the tournament at 11-under par.
Pace of play was a huge issue in the second round with the majority of groups in the afternoon wave on Friday taking 5 hours and 30 minutes to get round the course.
McIlroy is at 6-under par heading into the final round in T35.
What do you make of Larrazabal's actions here? Was he right to do that, or should he have waited until the putt had finished despite being put on the clock? Share your thoughts and comments over on the GolfMagic social media channels.
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