Sergio Garcia faces a DP World Tour fine after retiring from the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.
Garcia retired before the second round of the tournament after scoring an opening round of 76 and then was pictured at Saturday’s Texas-Alabama college football game.
The DP World Tour Manual states that “a player shall not be entitled to withdraw at the end of the first round or during play of a round of a tournament” except for “emergency or medical reasons deemed appropriate by the Tournament Director”.
The DP World Tour confirmed to ESPN on Tuesday that Garcia had given no reason for leaving the tournament and that he could be liable for a fine under the general rules for members outlined in their handbook.
The handbook adds that “written evidence of medical conditions” must be forwarded to the Tournament Director or the Reporting Department within 21 days of the player’s withdrawal and “a player who fails to comply with this requirement will be fined.”
Garcia’s participation in Wentworth was already a source of controversy as he was one of several high-profile players at the event who defected to the Saudi-backed LIV Golf series.
Shane Lowry won the BMW PGA Championship on Sunday after it was reduced to 54 holes following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, and made comments about the division of golf afterward.
“I’ve made no secret of what I think of the whole thing,” Lowry said. “I wanted to win for myself first and foremost, but for everyone who has stayed true to this tour. I truly believe this is a tour for the good guys.”
https://www.espn.com/golf/story/_/id/34583185/sergio-garcia-faces-dp-world-tour-fine-withdrawal-bmw-pga-championship Sergio Garcia faces DP World Tour fine for withdrawal from BMW PGA Championship