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Report: Sergio Garcia in hot water unless he can provide valid reason for Wentworth withdrawal

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The DP World Tour will fine Sergio Garcia for his sudden withdrawal from last week’s BMW PGA Championship unless he produces proof of a medical or emergency issue that caused his departure within three weeks.

The Telegraph report that Garcia is required to provide “emergency reasons or medical circumstances deemed reasonable by the tournament director” after leaving Wentworth following an opening round 4-over 76, missing the final two days of an event cut short by the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

The 42-year-old, who has already inflamed playing colleagues on both sides of the Atlantic, was then pictured alongside his wife, Angela, supporting the Texas Longhorns, at the Texas-Alabama football game, appearing very much uninjured.

Reaction to the sudden disappearance and re-appearance of the 2017 Masters champion was met with disdain from the golfing community.

Sports journalist Paul Higham made his feelings known in his tweet:

while our own Matt Vincenzi followed in with a damning verdict:

Martin Dempster, renowned golf reporter for The Scotsman, was another to show his displeasure:

According to the paper, one high-profile player said, “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 Keith Pelley said.”

As for Pelley, the CEO of the DP World Tour referenced one of Garcia’s previous accusations by commenting, “Can we please just stop the feeder tour nonsense once and for all? And as to the point of heading towards being the world’s fifth tour, one of our members who is playing here this week actually said that. It’s unbelievable.”

Not only has Garcia become something of a pariah for many of his former friends and colleagues, but he has now been accused of taking a playing spot ahead of other potential qualifiers for the flagship event of the tour, one of those affected being close friend Jon Rahm, previously a defendant of Garcia against the way the DP Tour turned their backs on him.

According to a tweet posted by Jamie Weir of Sky Sports, Rahm felt the inclusion of some of the 15 LIV players into the BMW PGA was personal — Garcia’s withdrawal must have stung:

The final comment is left to USA Today’s Eamon Lynch, who wrote in his latest column:

“Garcia’s professed support of the DP World Tour has never been much in evidence at its flagship event, where he has appeared only twice in the past 22 years. On his last showing, in 2014, he quit after one round. If nothing else, this week indicated how little he has changed in the intervening years,”

“He continued, “LIV expects its infantrymen to present themselves at every significant event for which they are eligible — to normalise its existence, to grab world ranking points, and to otherwise disrupt the status quo. And LIV doesn’t own a man more infantile than Garcia.”

“It’s futile to wonder if Garcia’s reputation among his peers will be hurt by this latest unprofessionalism, since one cannot further diminish that which has already been rendered fecal.”

I tried to find someone in support of Garcia’s actions. Still looking…

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  1. Bob

    Sep 15, 2022 at 1:13 pm

    Just leave the child making cliche longhorn gang signs and his equally fake other half to themselves. Not worth the worry.

    • Jonny Sins

      Sep 19, 2022 at 9:42 pm

      Haha.. child making. I’d like to see Sergio in his wife do child making on one of those websites. Just no head shot so I know it’s Sergio.

      • Sadie Inward

        Sep 19, 2022 at 10:40 pm

        Is Bob ever happy? What’s the matter Bob, your game enhancers not getting the job done? Buy another putter Bob. Oh I know what it is! Bob caught his wife with the Amazon driver……. again.

  2. Brad F.

    Sep 14, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    Super disappointed in Serg. Do better man, for real. Dude is on the Phil Mickelson PR arc.

  3. Big Uns

    Sep 14, 2022 at 3:01 pm

    Mmmm suckle suckle

  4. Orange Trump

    Sep 14, 2022 at 1:36 am

    So its Sergio’s fault that Alfredo did not play well and is a reserve? LOL

  5. Brian

    Sep 13, 2022 at 9:40 am

    So, everyone is all butt hurt that Sergio pulled from a tournament that didn’t happen anyway? Lol.

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‘What the f**k, guys!?’ – Fan video shows Bryson fuming after walking face first into gallery rope

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If there is one thing you can depend on when watching Bryson DeChambeau play golf, it’s drama.

During the final round of LIV Chicago, DeChambeau walked into the rope that separates the gallery from the course, and his reaction was over the top.

In the video, it’s unclear what makes Bryson walk into the rope, but he evidently believed it was someone’s fault as he proclaimed, “What the f**k guys?” when it hit him.

When a fan asked if DeChambeau was OK, he replied, “No! I can’t see out of my right eye right now.”

When he was offered a towel, he angrily snatched it from the employee’s hand and yelled, “sh**!”

Thankfully, the former U.S. Open champion was able to shake it off and finish his round.

DeChambeau finished at 6 under, which was good for a top-10 finish in the event.

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‘They’re treated like human beings’ – Brooks Koepka takes wild swipe at PGA Tour while talking up LIV

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One of the main positives to come from the LIV Golf series is the treatment of the player’s most important club, the bagman.

According to an interview in July, with an anonymous DP World Tour caddie, Golf Monthly reported, “There is something wrong with you if you don’t want to work for LIV,” whilst a couple of weeks ago we detailed the expected earnings of the caddies at any LIV event.

After Louis Oosthuizen finished 10th at the inaugural tournament, at Centurion Club, his caddie Colin Byrne commented, it “has been ‘what can we do for you’ all week. They want to help us and make us happy. It’s been great to be included like this. We’ve been pampered and had nothing but a red-carpet treatment.”

Now, talking to the media after his second round in Chicago, Brooks Koepka continued to eulogize about the Greg Norman-led series, referencing one of its main taglines, “It’s energized. I mean, it’s golf, but louder, right?” before continuing the looper theme.

Asked how the LIV series compares to the PGA Tour, the four-time major champion was at pains to be yet another to support the way the new tour treats their bagmen.

“I think the players, the caddies, just how well the caddies are treated, as well. I think that’s a big difference. They’re treated like human beings. I think everybody, through coaches, staff, everybody, it’s a big difference.”

It’s been just eight months since Joel Dahmen’s caddie, Geno Bonnalie, revealed the less glamorous side of the game, with four caddies sharing an over-expensive room at Pebble Beach.

Times, they might be a’changing.

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Cam Smith awkwardly bats off question taunting Rory McIlroy at LIV presser

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When Cam Smith won the 150th Open Championship, he had the gallery chuckle during his winner’s press conference when wondering how many beers would fit inside the Claret Jug.

Not long after, he revealed all!

 

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Not all pressers are the same, though, and with LIV Golf, we should always expect the unexpected.

Tensions between the Greg Norman-led tour and the traditional PGA and DP World Tours are at a height, with the PGA issuing an enhanced set of tournaments, more guaranteed pay and rewards for loyalty.

LIV doesn’t seem fussed, doing its own thing, and continuing to broadcast social media images of boat parties, raucous crowds, and strange press conferences.

Players from both sides are not afraid to have their say, with FedEx Cup champion and current world number two Rory McIlroy, being one of the most vociferous at every opportunity, defending the PGA and DP tours to the hilt.

Many pages have been written on the views from Billy Horschel, Jon Rahm and McIlroy amongst others, whilst LIV competitors are also well represented, with Pat Perez and Patrick Reed amongst those continuing to rally the LIV cause.

On Saturday, LIV again showed its intention to be far more relaxed than we might usually expect, with a press conference comprising Matthew Wolff, Phil Mickelson, and the Open champion.

Golf content provider @DrunkByTheTurn_ had the gallery in stitches and the players slightly dumbfounded when referencing Smith’s post-Open victory comment, “I’m definitely going to find out how many beers fit in this thing (the Claret Jug).”

Akili Johnson, who runs the social media account, started by mentioning the answer to the above question, something the Australian revealed on his Instagram account, before asking:

“..um…I just wanna know how many of Rory McIlroy’s tears were you able to fit in it after you won?”

Whether referring to the current golf spat, or that Smith had come from four behind McIlroy on the final day to nab the richly desired trophy, the Aussie was not biting.

He closed with,

“I’m not answering.”

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