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January 8 2012

2:45 AM

‘Goofy moment’ on missed tee time

KAPALUA, Hawaii -- Rory Sabbatini and his caddie Mick Doran had a tough start in Saturday's second round. They missed their tee time, resulting in a two-stroke penalty for Sabbatini before he even made his first swing of the day.

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Sabbatini overcame the setback by posting a solid 2-under 70 that leaves him at 3 under for the tournament going into Sunday's third round.

“It was one of those things, just a goofy moment," Sabbatini said. "But you know what? It was a good day anyway."

Both Sabbatini and Doran, who has caddied for 23 years, took the blame for the incident. Sabbatini said neither he nor Doran were paying attention. Doran said his watch was four minutes slow.

Once Doran realized they were due on the tee for the pairing (Sean O'Hair was the playing partner), they tried to get there on time. "It was a close call," Sabbatini said.

"Nick feels bad about it," he added. "Ultimately, it's my responsibility more than anybody’s because it’s my job to be playing golf."

Doran said it was the first time in 23 years that it has happened to him. He said Sabbatini made the situation better by making some light-hearted jokes.

"It was totally my fault," Doran said. "I'll take the blame."

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