Former Masters champion Sergio GarciaAfter joining the Saudi-funded LIV Golf series he said he will quit the DP World Tour. He also stated that he does not feel loved on the European circuit.
Garcia, who resigned from his PGA membership in order to play in LIV series, will not be eligible for future Ryder Cups if he leaves the DP World Tour.
I am very clear about what I will do with the European circuit. Garcia stated that he might leave it after Sundays Open. I want to play where it is easy for me to feel loved. Right now, I dont feel loved on the European Tour.
I am very satisfied with what I have accomplished, and I will continue to try to enjoy it. I will play less and spend more time at my home. It is okay if I cant play more majors, but it doesnt bother me too much. I feel sad about Ryder Cup, but Im not selected right now because of how Im playing.
Thomas Bjorn, Garcias former European Ryder Cup captain has been a vocal critic of LIV Golf as well as the players who have joined the breakaway circuit funded by Saudi Arabias Public Investment Fund.
Critics claim that the new series amounts blatant sportswashing by a nation seeking to improve its image in light of its history with human rights abuses.
When Thomas Bjorn, a former Ryder Cup captain, came to the BMW Championship and said: We don’t love any of your and all players say that. … Garcia stated, I already have an old age and had enough suffering to be enduring nonsense such as that. Thats not nice. I have given more than half of my life to the European Tour, and I wanted to continue playing it. But Im not going to be where they want me to be.
It is very disappointing to receive such treatment for a professional and personal decision. … I am sorry for the Ryder Cup. My resignation is not formal, but I will make it effective. I have what it takes and I am very content with it. I want it to be the best it can be. I will play less and be more at home.
This report used information from Reuters.