Ryder Cup’s all-time leading points-scorer Sergio Garcia will pull out of the DP World Tour and play for Europe again.
The Spaniard, who joined the Saudi rebel circuit for more than £50m, revealed his intention to resign from his domestic circuit after finishing the 150th Open Championship, saying “I don’t want to play where I don’t want to.”
Garcia handed his PGA Tour card back last month, before Sawgrass headquarters banned him from competing in the LIV Golf Series, but expressed a desire to continue on the DP World Tour and play in the biennial match.
Yet after receiving a £100,000 fine from chief executive Keith Pelli and a one-tournament ban from the Scottish Open, Garcia has decided enough is enough and will walk away from the circuit on which he has appeared for more than two decades. Is. Garcia indicated that he is not impressed by the Tour’s strategic alliance with the PGA Tour.
“I like to play where they want me and I just don’t love me on the European Tour,” Garcia told Spanish reporters after a 73 run at two-under and outside the top 60 at St Andrews. “I’m a little sorry about the Ryder Cup, but the way I’m playing I’m not here to play Ryder.
“I wanted to continue on the European Tour, but not this way. There are things that can be done differently. It’s not the best way. What they’re doing makes me very sad because the European Tour of the world It’s going to be the fifth tour.
Three weeks ago BMW International has been a turning point for Garcia. Telegraph Sport exclusively reported that upon hearing of the sanctions, Garcia was furious in the locker room, shouting to the other players “It’s Tour—, you all f—–, should have taken Saudi Pennies”. Scotland’s Bob McIntyre was there and later tweeted: “Wonderful how fast you can lose respect for someone you’ve seen in a lifetime.”
However, Garcia said his words were not the problem, but instead pointed the finger at 2018 Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn, who reportedly told LIV golfers that he was not welcome. “I’m so sorry. It’s not pretty and I’m old enough not to put up with things like that,” he said.
When contacted by Telegraph Sport, Bjorn expressed his disappointment over the allegations, with the Dane saying he “didn’t mention LIV” to Garcia when he saw him at the Munich event. “We really hugged,” Bjorn said.
But Garcia is adamant that she has been humiliated, playing the card of a victim that those who have followed her turbulent career may be familiar.
“I’ve given more than half my life to the European Tour and I wanted to continue playing it, but I’m not going where they don’t want me,” he said. “It is very sad to receive such treatment for personal and professional judgment. If they treat you like this, it’s not worth continuing.
“This is the first time that he made the decision without leaving the European tour thinking only of me and my family because I didn’t want to leave it. We will enjoy what we have and we will play where they want. I haven’t officially reported it yet, but I’m going to do it.”