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Sergio Garcia has fan ejected

Sergio Garcia might be the reigning Masters champion, but that didn’t exempt him from an incident-laden 12th hole on the opening day of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

Garcia was up against Indian sensation Shubhankar Sharma, but it wasn’t the golfer who was getting under Garcia’s skin but a fan in the crowd.

When Garcia’s tee shot on the par-5 found the cart path, he decided to play rather than accept a free drop.

Garcia then proceeded to remove his golf shoes so the spikes wouldn’t slip on the path and striped his second shot – seeing it fly high and land just on the fringe of the green.

After finishing his follow-through, Garcia then pointed his golf club in the direction of a police officer to remove a fan, who allegedly said something untoward during his swing.

In the clip below, you’ll be able to see Garcia’s fine approach before watching the incident with the fan, who the police officer seems to accost away from the scene.

Fan behaviour has been a huge talking point in recent weeks. Justin Thomas was criticised - and apologised - for very publicly removing a fan at the Honda Classic, while Rory McIlroy had a fan ejected at the Arnold Palmer Invitational last week for repeatedly shouting "Erica" - the name of McIlroy's wife.

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