Sergio Garcia is a major champion with 11 wins on the PGA Tour, and has earned more than $54 million on the circuit.
But is his time on Tour possibly coming to an end?
After making the turn with a 1-under 34 in his opening round of the 2022 Wells Fargo Championship, Garcia blew his tee shot way left of the 10th fairway into a hazard. After several minutes of searching, he finally found his ball.
However, the 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.”
What’s he leaving for? Well, the first event of the Saudi-backed LIV Golf International series is coming up, June 9-11 at Centurion Golf Club in London. On Wednesday, Lee Westwood confirmed he filed for a release to play in the tournament.
On April 25th, Bob Harig of SI.com reported that 15 of the world’s top 100 players have committed to play in London. Garcia currently ranks 47th, filling that criteria. “Due to player confidentiality agreements, the names of the players are not being released,” Harig’s report said.
We’ll have to wait and see if Garcia does in fact leave, but if his behavior at TPC Potomac is any indication, the 2017 Masters champ may be as good as gone.