Garcia slapped with fine for quitting BMW PGA Championship after Day 1

Sergio Garcia slapped with fine for quitting BMW PGA Championship after first day and showing up at a Texas college football game instead… as his stellar Ryder Cup career heads for an unsavory end

  • Sergio Garcia quit the BMW PGA Championship after the first day last month 
  • He then turned up at a Texas Longhorns college football game two days later 
  • The LIV Golf star has now been fined for his unexplained absence at Wentworth
  • He also looks set to see his Ryder Cup career come to an unsavory end in 2023 
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Sergio Garcia has been fined for his withdrawal from the BMW PGA Championship as his stellar Ryder Cup career looks set for an anticlimactic end.

Garcia withdrew from the DP World Tour’s flagship event at Wentworth last month following an opening 76, but did not give tournament officials a reason and was seen in social media posts attending a college football game in Texas two days later.

Players can cite emergency reasons or medical circumstances for withdrawing from events but Garcia failed to provide written evidence of any medical circumstances within the 21-day deadline and has therefore been fined an undisclosed amount.

Sergio Garcia walked out on the PGA Tour and two days later was at a college football match

Garcia started with a bad opening round at Wentworth, and opted to quit at the end of day one

The BMW PGA Championship is still counted as one of the tournaments Garcia needs to play to remain a DP World Tour member, but the former Masters champion remains one short of the required four this season.

The 42-year-old failed to enter next week’s Mallorca Golf Open by Friday’s deadline and although he could yet receive an invite to that event or the Nedbank Golf Challenge in November, that appears highly unlikely in the current circumstances.

Only DP World Tour members are eligible for Ryder Cup selection, meaning that the contest’s record points scorer looks set to have made his last appearance for Europe against the United States.

It looks as though Garcia’s stellar Ryder Cup career (he is pictured in 2006) will now be over

The Spaniard has enjoyed a huge pay rise after defecting to the Saudi-backed LIV Tour

Garcia’s singles win over Rickie Fowler in 2018 made him the top points scorer in Ryder Cup history with 25.5 and he won three more alongside fellow Spaniard Jon Rahm in the 19-9 defeat at Whistling Straits last year.

Rahm has made it clear he would like to partner Garcia again despite the latter’s defection to LIV Golf.

Players who have joined the Saudi-backed breakaway could be banned from the DP World Tour following a legal hearing in February.

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