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European Tour star Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano has been accused of mocking teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg on Twitter.

Swedish 16-year-old Thunberg, who has Asperger’s syndrome, was named TIME Magazine’s “Person of the Year” earlier this week in recognition of her environmental campaigning – work that has seen her go toe-to-toe with US president Donald Trump. 

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In August of this year, she sailed across the Atlantic, from Plymouth to New York, in a 60-foot racing yacht equipped with solar panels and underwater turbines. Her opposition to flying has even spawned a new word in her home country: flygskam, pronounced ‘fleeg-skahm’ – literally ‘flying shame’.

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However, in a tweet signing off 2019, Spanish ace Fernandez-Castano – a seven-time winner on the European Tour – singled out Thunberg as he detailed all of the flights he has taken this year. 

See the tweet here…

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A joke? A dig? You be the judge.

Many Twitter users, however, were unimpressed.

Fernandez-Castano finished 127th on the Race To Dubai in 2019 and was forced to go to Q-School in a bid to regain his playing privileges. However, he came up short there, finishing 91st. 

Once ranked as high as 27th on the Official World Golf Ranking, he is now 559th.


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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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