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Pep Guardiola says he didn’t see controversial Premier League moment because he was busy “watching golf”

Seemingly everyone on the planet was tuned in as Jon Rahm outlasted Brooks Koepka on a supersized Masters Sunday to take home his first green jacket. You, me, your dad, and apparently even four-time Premier League-winning Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.

On Monday, Guardiola was asked about a controversial moment near halftime in Liverpool’s match against Arsenal, when Reds defender Andy Robertson appeared to be elbowed by an assistant referee as he protested a call. The incident has turned into a referendum on the recent quality (or lack thereof) of officiating in the Premier League, and could have football-wide ramifications. Guardiola, however, missed it because he was too busy “watching Bayern Munich and golf.”

Legend. We don’t know if Guardiola had money on Rahm or not, but Bayern Munich did beat Freiburg 1-0 to keep their place at the top of the Bundesliga table. If he had scratch on the big Spaniard, it would have been a very good weekend indeed, especially with title rivals Arsenal dropping two precious points at Anfield.

That wasn’t the only golf reference of Guardiola’s press conference, however. He was also asked about his desire to win the Champions League with Manchester City, the one significant piece of silverware he has yet to claim with the Citizens. Guardiola pointed to Jack Nicklaus only winning 18 majors out of “130” majors to highlight that, in sports, even the greats lose more than they win. Actually, Nicklaus played in a record 164 majors, but that only further proves his point. We'll let you off the hook on this one, Pep.