No college football this week, Sergio? Defective LIV Golf Garcia arrives on day two of the Saudi-backed breakaway tour Chicago… a week after he mysteriously left the BMW PGA Championship after day one and made an appearance at the Texas Longhorns
- Sergio Garcia was photographed at Rich Harvest Farms for the second day in a row
- The Spaniard only arrived one day in Wentworth before mysteriously resigning
- Then he was filmed at a college football game in Texas Longhorn two days later
- Garcia is getting paid big with the Saudi-backed breakaway LIV tour
Sergio Garcia has made his way into day two of golf this afternoon – arriving at the Chicago Invitational at LIV Golf just one week after rejecting the BMW PGA Championship in favor of a college football game in Texas.
Garcia left the PGA Tour — and plenty of golf fans — angry last week when he didn’t show up at Wentworth in the morning after shooting a quad, only to turn up two days later at the Longhorns game in Austin.
He didn’t give a reason for his absence, and the injury doesn’t appear to be an issue given that he has now played two days in a row on the LIV golf course after splitting earlier in the year.
Sergio Garcia attended LIV Golf’s Chicago Invitational for the second day in a row on Saturday
Garcia sparked controversy last week when he only played the first role in Wentworth
Garcia left the PGA Tour and two days later was at a college football game in Texas
The Spaniard was photographed signing autographs for young fans at Rich Harvest Farms in Illinois, before taking to the course alongside his Fireballs GC teammates.
Garcia fired a level 72 on the opening day of the Chicago Invitational yesterday, four shots better than his start at Wentworth in the BMW PGA last time.
Perhaps this is another reason for his appearance for the second day, as well as the big money being paid to him by the maverick Saudi-backed league.
His disappearance from last week’s championship in the UK came as a special surprise, given that it was a chance for him to gain world ranking points that he can’t win in LIV events.
He was suspended by the PGA Tour but refused to give up his DP World Tour membership when he defected to LIV Golf.
Garcia’s exit from Wentworth has already infuriated PGA Tour officials, but he shared a photo on Instagram with his wife, Angela Adkins, at a college football game in Texas on Saturday from the tournament in Europe.
Garcia started off with a poor opening round at Wentworth, winning by four over 76
Shane Lowry won the contest at Wentworth and said it was a victory for the ‘good guys’
The rules of the DP World Tour state that a player will be fined if he withdraws from an event without “urgent reasons or medical conditions deemed reasonable by the Tournament Director”.
Garcia did not provide a reason for DP World to leave the event, which is widely considered the main competition on the calendar.
Garcia was one of the 17 LIV Golfers in the tournament and their presence was not welcome with the majority of their competitors in England.
Speaking before the event, Rory McIlroy said: “I hate what he (Liv) does to golf. I hate it. I really do. It would be hard for me to go to Wentworth and see them there. It just doesn’t sit right with me.”
Garcia raises his fist on Scottie Pippen in the driving range on day one of the Chicago event
One of LIV Golf’s biggest critics, Rory McIlroy has remained loyal to the PGA Tour
McIlroy finished in second place with Spaniard John Ram, and Shane Lowry triumphed with a shot.
‘IM so happy. I honestly cannot express how happy I am, how much this means to me and how much I love this tour. “I’m the happiest man in the world right now,” Laurie said.
“I would have liked to go out and win this tournament myself, but I think for this tour and everyone who has remained loyal to this tour, I feel like this is one for the good guys.”