Sergio Garcia faces fine for BMW PGA Championship withdrawal

Sergio Garcia could be fined for his BMW PGA Championship withdrawal if no explanation is offered by the Spaniard, according to The Telegraph. 

The 42-year-old is facing a fine by the DP World Tour if he doesn’t provide proof of an emergency or medical issue for withdrawing from the tour’s flagship event after the first round.

After saying he wanted to ‘support the tour’ by playing at Wentworth, the LIV Golf defector withdrew from the event after a first round 76 and the suspension of her play after the death of Her Majest Queen Elizabeth II. Garcia then flew across the Atlantic and attended the Texas-Alabama football game Saturday in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Angela Akins Garcia.

The DP World Tour rules handbook states a player may only WD for “emergency reasons or medical circumstances deemed reasonable by the tournament director.”

An anonymous high-profile player told The Telegraph, “However, you look at it, this is two fingers up from Garcia to the tour. He came to Wentworth saying he wanted to ‘support the Tour,’ but was obviously annoyed at what [DP World Tour CEO] Keith Pelley said.”

Garcia, 42, or his management company must provide a valid reason within three weeks, or Garcia will be fined.

 

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