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Report: Sergio Garcia Attempted Last-Minute Ryder Cup U-Turn

Report: Sergio Garcia Attempted Last-Minute Ryder Cup U-Turn

When it comes to the Ryder Cup there aren’t many players who you associate with the tournament more than Sergio Garcia. Not only is he the record points scorer with 28.5 points, but he has been present on multiple European sides throughout his career.

However, since his move to LIV Golf and the relinquishing of his DP World Tour membership, it’s unlikely that we will see the Spaniard in a European Ryder Cup side, despite a recent report by The Telegraph stating that Garcia made a last-ditch attempt to be part of Luke Donald’s side in Rome at the end of September.

Garcia holds the Ryder Cup a loft

Garcia celebrates after Europe claim the Ryder Cup in 2014

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Per The Telegraph’s James Corrigan, a Tour insider explained that the 43-year-old “suddenly came to us and said that not only would he pay the £100,000 but also all of the outstanding fines if he was allowed to play,” with the source estimating the complete bill at more than £700,000.

The insider added: “They also said they’d play in whatever events we wanted, apart from those that clashed with the remaining LIV tournaments. But it was explained that, despite the ongoing peace talks, as he had resigned his membership, he is not eligible to join until next year. It was all a bit bizarre as that was made clear all along. As it is, Sergio remains the only one of the LIV players not to have paid the original £100,000 fine. Lee Westwood has paid, Ian Poulter has paid… but Sergio still hasn’t.”

Sergio Garcia and Jon Rahm chat during the Ryder Cup

Garcia and Jon Rahm claimed three points out of three in the foursomes/fourballs at the 2021 Ryder Cup

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Back in May 2023, the DP World Tour revealed that Garcia was the only one of the 17 players fined for joining LIV Golf who was yet to pay up the £100,000 fine, with the report stating: “The DP World Tour today confirmed that 16 out of 17 players have paid their fines which were imposed for serious breaches of the Tour’s Conflicting Tournament Regulation last June”.


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