Rory Sabbatini embraces changes
Rory Sabbatini is making changes.
Several of them, from switching to Ashworth clothing to overhauling his entire swing.
With swing coach Rick Smith, Sabbatini has rebuilt his swing from the ground up over the last three months.
He's paid a price, missing five of eight cuts. But his best finish was in his last tournament (the RBC Heritage), when he finished tied for 17th.
"It concerns you a lot," Sabbatini told the Sun-Times. "I've used the same swing my whole life. It's frustrating, and I've had my moments. But it's starting to feel more comfortable."
So what exactly was wrong?
He's won six PGA Tour events, and he's won $24 million in prize money alone during his career. But, he wasn't satisfied with his consistency off the tee, and he believed he could improve his game in many facets.
In the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship, Sabbatini fired a two-under par, which is currently tied for 39th.
Sabbatini, 36, noted his high trust level with Smith.
"Ultimately, golf is our livelihood, and if you have someone you don't trust, you're not going to accomplish what you want," he said. "You have to have that bond."
And what about this: Look good, feel good?
That's what Sabbatini is counting on. He was impressed with the "new look" of Ashworth.
"It's more daring in the past," he said.
Some might say edgy, which is how Sabbatini is often described. He's had a number of run-ins, and he's not afraid to say something controversial.
"As you get older, you're always going to change. You learn more, and you get different perspectives. But, I'm not going to change who I am," he said. "I'm going to speak my mind. If I have a problem, I'll let that person know.
"I'm not going to hide."
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