Sergio Garcia hints at PGA Tour exit at Wells Fargo Championship


The arrival of the Saudi-backed LIV Golf International Series is slowly approaching, and another of its defectors may have just revealed its plans.

In Round 1 of the 2022 Wells Fargo Championship, Sergio Garcia hit his tee shot wide left into a hazard on the 10th hole. Garcia finally found his ball, but the rules officer said he took too long. The two argued over when the clock should have started for the search for Garcia, but Garcia ended up having to take a drop.

With the battle lost, Garcia wasn’t exactly subtle with his future plans, particularly how long he would have to continue dealing with PGA Tour rules officials.

“So you say I took too long. I can’t wait to get out of this tour. I can’t wait to get out of here, my friend… A few more weeks, and then I won’t have to take care of yourself.”

Despite the fall, Garcia ended up saving the par on the 10 and finished the set tied for 17th at 3 under. The PGA Tour then issued a statement Clarifying Official Rules should have stopped the clock at some point due to circumstances involving a television observer, but did not adjust Garcia’s score, citing the Rules of Golf.

On a related note, LIV Golf, which is widely seen as another attempt by Saudi Arabia to use sport to raise its international profile and distract from its abysmal human rights record, is is set to hold its first event in early June at the Centurion Golf Club in London. The purse will be $25 million, $10 million more than the 2022 Masters, available to any player wishing to do business with the Saudis and potentially break away from the PGA Tour.

Garcia has was reported as one of these players. He fits the standard LIV Golf profile to a T: a household name far enough from his prime to make a huge payday and potential PGA Tour ban worth it.

Other players reported to make the jump include Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and Bubba Watson, with Westwood already announcing that he has requested a release to play in the Centurion event next month. Robert Garrigus and Phil Mickelson did the same, even though it is apparently thanks to the latter that many of the big names have retreated.

Sergio Garcia’s days with the PGA Tour seem numbered. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)


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