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Less than 48 hours after finding themselves at the centre of controversy over “The Concession That Never Was”, Matt Kuchar and Sergio Garcia put on a united front in a social media video in which they insisted: “We’re all good.”

The pair’s quarter-final match at Austin Country Club cast a shadow over the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, after Kuchar revealed he hadn’t given a short putt to Garcia, which the Spaniard missed.

The incident quickly became the talk of social media, with both players coming in for fierce criticism: Garcia, for not checking that the putt was given; Kuchar, for not giving it.

Perhaps sensing that neither of them needs any more bad PR this year (here’s why and why), the pair got together at Austin Country Club on Monday to call for calm.

“We’ve just been going over what’s been going with our match and the aftermath,” said Kuchar. “What’s gone with the aftermath is just incorrect, wrong and shouldn’t have happened.

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“I want to tell you that Sergio handled the thing extremely well. When he missed the putt, we came off seven. He said, ‘You know what, I missed it, it’s your hole.’ I told him bad I felt. It didn’t feel right at all. I never want to win on a technicality.

“We teed off on eight and I said, ‘Man, I really don’t like how this has played out’. Sergio offered a suggestion but never said to give him a hole. He gave me an option or two of how to play it out. But I want everybody to know Sergio understood it was a loss of hole, and said ‘I get it’, and handled it extremely well.”

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Garcia added: “Obviously, I know I made a mistake on seven and didn’t give him time to say that’s good even though, obviously, we all, in our minds, thought it was good because it was a short putt. But at the end of the day, I made a mistake. He unfortunately didn’t know how to make up for what happened but it’s all good. We’re all good.”

Hmmm.

This raises more questions than it answers. If Sergio didn’t ask for Kuchar to concede a hole – which, incidentally, on-course microphones captured him doing – then what were the option he gave Kuchar? And if Kuchar “never wants to win on a technicality”, why didn’t he apply them?

You get the feeling this has some way still to run…


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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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