Golf star Sergio Garcia looked set to leave the DP World Tour behind – but that appears to no longer be the case.
The former Masters champion already ditched his PGA tour card and looked set to do the same on the European circuit after jumping ship to LIV Golf's breakaway tour.
Garcia is one of the biggest names to join the rebel tour, alongside the likes of Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson and most recently Henrik Stenson – who has been stripped of his European Ryder Cup captaincy as punishment.
And now Garcia, in the wake of Stenson's punishment, has for now decided to shelve plans to resign from the DP World Tour, in order to compete in the Ryder Cup – a competition very close to his heart.
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"I am quite clear about what I am going to do with the European circuit," Garcia initially told reporters. "Probably leave it. I want to play where I feel loved, and right now in the European Tour I am not feeling loved.
"I am very happy with what I have achieved, and I am going to try to enjoy it. I will play less and will spend more time at home. If I cannot play any more major, that's the way it is, but it is not something that bothers me a lot. I am feeling sad because of the Ryder Cup but right now in the way I am playing I won't be selected."
However, after words from compatriot Jon Rahm and the threat of being unable to compete in next year’s Ryder Cup in Rome, the 42-year-old had a rethink. “When I finished the Open Championship [last] Sunday, I said that I was most likely going to resign my membership from the [DP World] Tour,” Garcia was quoted as saying by ESPN.
“That obviously meant not being eligible for the Ryder Cup because you have to be a member. But thanks to the things that Jon Rahm said, and I had a couple of good conversations with guys on the [DP World] Tour, I'm going to hold off on that.” He also had a chat with DP World Tour CEO Keith Pelley stating his desire to remain on the circuit.
"I told Keith Pelley, 'I want to keep being a member of the DP World Tour',” he added. “I want to play my minimum, still support the tour, still have my eligibilities to make Ryder Cup teams. He said, 'That's great, but we got to do what's best for us. We'll see what that is''"
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“I want to at least see what's happening when the Ryder Cup qualification starts. See what kind of rules and eligibilities they have in there,” Garcia added.
“If I agree with what they [are], I'll definitely keep playing whatever I can on the tour and try to qualify for that Ryder Cup team. And, if not, then we'll move on. But it is definitely something that is in my mind.”
Garcia has held onto his DP World Tour membership, despite the organisation banning dual members from a number of events, as well as imposing hefty fines of £100,000 for each LIV tournament played.
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