LIV Golf’s Sergio Garcia faces a DP World Tour fine after quitting the PGA Championship last week after a bad first round… and then going to a college football game in Texas two days later
- Sergio Garcia quit Wentworth after an opening round of 76, four-over par
- According to reports, he did not give organizers a reason for his departure
- Two days later, he was in Texas at a college football game alongside his wife
Sergio Garcia faces a fine from the DP World Tour for going AWOL at the PGA Championship at Wentworth last week.
The Spaniard’s presence was a controversial enough factor after he signed up to the Saudi-funded LIV Golf earlier this year.
He was suspended by the PGA Tour but refused to relinquish his DP World Tour membership and last week’s tournament was an opportunity for him to gain world ranking points he can’t win in LIV events.
Sergio Garcia walked out on Wentworth without appearing to give a reason and two days later, was at a college football match in Texas with his wife
Garcia started with a bad opening round at Wentworth, carding a four-over par 76
But he couldn’t play well enough to get any and after opening with a four-over par 76, Garcia appeared to decide he had had enough and withdrew from the competition without giving a reason.
He then shared a picture on his Instagram with his wife, Angela Adkins, at a Texas college football match on the Saturday of the tournament back in Europe.
DP World Tour rules state that a player will be fined if they withdraw from an event without ’emergency reasons or medical circumstances deemed reasonable by the tournament director’.
ESPN says that the DP World Tour told it Garcia had not provided a reason for leaving the event, widely considered as the flagship competition on the calendar. Sportsmail has approached the DP World Tour for comment.
Garcia was one of 17 LIV Golfers in the tournament and their presence was not a welcome one with the majority of their competitors in England.
Shane Lowry won the competition at Wentworth and said it was a victory ‘for the good guys’
Speaking prior to the event, Rory McIlroy said: ‘I hate what it’s (LIV) doing to the game of golf. I hate it. I really do. It’s going to be hard for me to stomach going to Wentworth and seeing them there. That just doesn’t sit right with me.’
McIlroy finished tied second with John Rahm of Spain, with Shane Lowry emerging victorious by a shot.
‘I’m so happy. Honestly words can’t put into how happy I am, how much this means to me and how much I love this tour. I’m the happiest man in the world right now,’ Lowry said.
‘I wanted to go out and win this tournament for myself, but I think for this tour and everyone that’s stayed loyal to this tour, I feel like this is one for the good guys.’