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Sergio Garcia gets angry with officials at Open qualifying

Sergio Garcia gets angry with officials at Open qualifying

After missing last year’s Open Championships, Sergio Garcia is attempting to get into this year’s event through local qualifying at West Lancashire Golf Club.

Since 1998, Garcia has made 24 starts at the Open, missing just four cuts and totaling 12 top-20 finishes, 10 of which were top 10s. His career-best finish came at Carnoustie in 2007 where he earned the silver medal. He finished T-68 in his most recent appearance, during the 2022 Open Championship at St. Andrews.

But on Tuesday, Garcia’s group was flagged by officials with a slow-play warning.

Garcia, through a Tweet from Bunkered’s Ben Parsons, can be heard snapping back at the officials by saying, “You’re always right, we’re always wrong.”

To be fair, Garcia’s complaint was that his group repeatedly had to wait because officials were having an issue clearing people out of the way, and his contention appears true by various images and videos.

Also, his group was one of 10 to be put on the clock, according to Parsons.

Of course, Garcia has had issues with officials before, including one at the 2022 Wells Fargo Championship, when Garcia blew his tee shot way left of the 10th fairway into a hazard. After several minutes of searching, he finally found his ball.

A rules official said he took too long. The official said he started the timer once Garcia arrived at the general location of his golf ball, while the Spaniard argued it should have started once he crossed the river as he knew his ball was on the other side and he was just looking for a way to cross.

Despite his persistence, Garcia was forced to take a drop.

After waving his hand in disgust, he said under his breath, “I can’t wait to leave this tour.”

His rant would continue.

“Can’t wait to get outta here. … just a couple more weeks until I don’t have to deal with you anymore.”

He left for LIV Golf soon after.


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