Sergio Garcia QUITS the Ryder Cup after doubling down on his intention to play in controversial LIV series, claiming he doesn’t ‘feel loved’ as he takes a swipe at Thomas Bjorn
- Sergio Garcia has reaffirmed his intention to quit the Ryder Cup for the LIV Tour
- The Spaniard said that he doesn’t feel welcome on the DP World Tour anymore
- He took aim at fellow golfer Thomas Bjorn who criticised LIV-destined players
- Garcia is the all-time record scorer in the Ryder Cup but won’t take part again
Sergio Garcia has turned his back on the Ryder Cup after reaffirming his commitment to playing in the controversial LIV Golf series.
The all-time record points scorer in the biennial tournament has now signalled his intention to quit the DP World Tour, which was previously called the European Tour, insisting that he ‘doesn’t feel loved’.
Although Garcia would have been unlikely to qualify for next year’s edition in Italy, his stature in the game meant that he was almost certainly a future captain.
All-time record points scorer Sergio Garcia has turned his back on the Ryder Cup
Garcia was speaking at The Open Championship and said he will play on the LIV Tour
But that door has now seemingly closed after the 42-year-old Spaniard opted to double down on his move to LIV.
He also took a swipe at former Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn, who has been an outspoken critic of LIV and all the players who have switched to the Saudi-backed series.
Speaking after he signed off from The Open Championship at St Andrews, Garcia told Spanish reporters: ‘I am clear about what I am going to do with the European Tour, probably leave it.
‘I want to play where they want me. I like to feel loved and honestly on the European Tour I don’t feel loved now.
‘When Thomas Bjorn comes to the BMW Championship and tells us: “We don’t want any of you and all the players say so”, well, I’m already old enough not to be putting up with nonsense like that.
‘There are comments that do not make you feel good. I have given more than half of my life to the European Tour and I was going to continue on the European Tour.
Garcia said he was going to continue on the DP World Tour but claims he doesn’t ‘feel loved’
‘I feel sorry for the Ryder Cup. My resignation is not official, but I’m going to make it effective.
‘What they are doing is a shame because the European Tour is going to become the fifth in the world.
‘I have what I have and I am very happy with it and I want to enjoy it to the fullest. I will play less, I will be more at home.
‘If I don’t play majors, then I don’t play them. I don’t care much either.’
Garcia has been one of several European Ryder Cup stalwarts to defect to the LIV circuit, along with the likes of Englishmen Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood.
Poulter was booed by some spectators when he teed it up for his opening round at St Andrews on Thursday, but he claimed not to have heard anything.
Asked if he had enjoyed his experience over the past week at the Old Course, Garcia, who finished on two-under par, said: ‘Not very much. I enjoyed the crowd, but that was about it.’
Garcia took aim at Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn, who said LIV-destined players aren’t welcome
Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy has also been outspoken against the Saudi-backed LIV Tour
Garcia has a long and storied history with The Open Championship, as well as being a former Masters champion. He came closest to lifting the Claret Jug at Carnoustie in 2007, narrowly missing out to Padraig Harrington.
But there remains a possibility that his appearance at St Andrews might well be his last on the elite stage, with golf chiefs exploring the idea of banning the LIV rebels from all majors.
Asked if he felt any sense of regret, he added: ‘I wouldn’t say regret. Obviously a little bit of disappointment because I’ve been close and I love this championship and these crowds very much. Sometimes you don’t get what you want or what you wish.
‘I have some good memories. Unfortunately I never got to play with Seve here. That would have been fun.
‘I don’t know (if I’ll be back). When is the next one here? 2030. Yeah, probably tough.
‘And the way everyone is reacting to us (the LIV Golf players), probably even tougher. It is what it is. Things come to an end.’
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