Sergio offered to pay fines to regain Ryder Cup eligibility

by Joanne Miller

Sergio Garcia’s Last-Ditch Attempt to Play in This Year’s Ryder Cup Rejected by DP World Tour

Sergio Garcia, the renowned Spanish golfer, has made a last-ditch effort to secure a spot in this year’s Ryder Cup team. However, his proposal to pay an estimated 700,000 pounds in fines in order to compete has been declined by the DP World Tour (DPWT). The news was revealed by a DPWT official to The Telegraph’s James Corrigan.

Garcia’s representatives approached the DPWT with the offer, hoping to persuade European captain Luke Donald to include Garcia in the 12-man squad for the prestigious golf tournament held at Marco Simone, Rome. Unfortunately, the DPWT stated that there was no way for Garcia to be reinstated in time for the matches scheduled to begin on September 29.

According to a source quoted by The Telegraph, Garcia’s team also offered to participate in any events desired by the DPWT, except those conflicting with the remaining events of the LIV Golf tour. It was explained to them that, due to Garcia’s resignation from the DPWT earlier this year, he will not be eligible to rejoin until next year. The source described the situation as bizarre as this condition was made clear from the beginning.

The DPWT’s decision comes as no surprise considering Garcia’s failure to pay his original 100,000-pound fine, which is mandatory for former DPWT members who defected to LIV Golf. In contrast to other former members who complied with the payment, Garcia has remained firm in his stance and has yet to settle the fine. His resignation from the DPWT occurred in May, further complicating his chances of participating in the Ryder Cup.

Sergio Garcia’s absence would be notable as he has played in 10 Ryder Cups throughout his career, with an impressive record of 25 wins, 13 losses, and 7 halves. Additionally, his 28.5 points earned make him the record-holder for most points earned in the history of the Ryder Cup. In the 2021 Ryder Cup, Garcia contributed three points to Team Europe, second only to Jon Rahm. Rahm has consistently expressed his support for Garcia’s inclusion in this year’s team, emphasizing the value of his experience in the Ryder Cup.

Although both Garcia and the DPWT declined to comment on The Telegraph’s report, the news has undoubtedly disappointed Garcia’s fans who were hoping to see him compete in the Ryder Cup once again. Nevertheless, the tournament promises to be thrilling, showcasing the skills and talents of Europe’s top golfers as they vie for victory against Team USA.

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