No college football this week, Sergio? LIV Golf defector Garcia makes it to day two of Saudi-backed breakaway tour’s Chicago tournament… a week after mysteriously quitting BMW PGA Championship after first day and showing up at Texas Longhorns game
- Sergio Garcia was pictured at Rich Harvest Farms for a second straight day
- The Spaniard only made it to one day at Wentworth before mysteriously quitting
- He was then pictured at a Texas Longhorns college football game two days later
- Garcia is getting paid a huge sum by the Saudi-backed LIV breakaway tour
Sergio Garcia managed to find his way to the second day of a golf tournament this afternoon – arriving at LIV Golf’s Chicago Invitational just a week after he snubbed the BMW PGA Championship in favor of a Texas college football game.
Garcia left the PGA Tour – and plenty of golf fans – furious last week when he was a no-show at Wentworth the morning after shooting four-over-par, only to turn up two days later at a Longhorns game in Austin.
He gave no reason for his absence, and injury does not appear to be an issue given he has now played two days in a row on the LIV Golf circuit after his defection earlier in the year.
Sergio Garcia attended LIV Golf’s Chicago Invitational for the second straight day Saturday
Garcia sparked controversy last week when he only played the first round at Wentworth
Garcia walked out on the PGA Tour and two days later was at a college football match in Texas
The Spaniard was pictured signing autographs for young fans at Rich Harvest Farms in Illinois, before taking to the course alongside his Fireballs GC teammates.
Garcia shot a level-par 72 on the opening day of the Chicago Invitational yesterday, four shots better off than his start at Wentworth in the BMW PGA last time out.
That, perhaps, is another reason for him showing up for the second day, as well as the significant money being paid to him by the Saudi-backed breakaway league.
His disappearance from last week’s tournament in the UK came as a particular surprise, given it was an opportunity for him to gain world ranking points he can’t win in LIV events.
He was suspended by the PGA Tour but refused to relinquish his DP World Tour membership when he defected to LIV Golf.
Garcia’s exit from Wentworth had already infuriated PGA Tour officials, but he then shared a picture on his Instagram with his wife, Angela Adkins, at a Texas college football match on the Saturday of the tournament back in Europe.
Garcia started with a bad opening round at Wentworth, carding a four-over par 76
Shane Lowry won the competition at Wentworth and said it was a victory ‘for the good guys’
DP World Tour rules state that a player will be fined if they withdraw from an event without ’emergency reasons or medical circumstances deemed reasonable by the tournament director’.
Garcia has not provided the DP World Tour with a reason for leaving the event, widely considered as the flagship competition on the calendar.
Garcia was one of 17 LIV Golfers in the tournament and their presence was not a welcome one with the majority of their competitors in England.
Speaking prior to the event, Rory McIlroy said: ‘I hate what it’s (LIV) doing to the game of golf. I hate it. I really do. It’s going to be hard for me to stomach going to Wentworth and seeing them there. That just doesn’t sit right with me.’
Garcia fist-bumps Scottie Pippen on the driving range on the first day of the Chicago event
Rory McIlroy has been one of LIV Golf’s biggest critics, staying loyal to the PGA Tour
McIlroy finished tied second with John Rahm of Spain, with Shane Lowry emerging victorious by a shot.
‘I’m so happy. Honestly words can’t put into 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,’ Lowry said.
‘I wanted to go out and win this tournament for myself, but I think for this tour and everyone that’s stayed loyal to this tour, I feel like this is one for the good guys.’