Sergio García, under threat of a fine from DP

Sergio Garcia, under threat of a fine from DP

Sergio Garcia faces a fine from the DP World Tour if he fails to provide proof of an emergency or medical issue to justify his withdrawal from the BMW PGA Championship before the start of Day 2. The player from Castellón made 76 strokes in the first round of the tournament, reduced to 54 holes after the death of Queen Elizabeth II last Thursday.

On Saturday morning, in the United States, television cameras captured Garcia in Austin, Texas, watching a football game between Texas and Alabama. The Telegraph reported that, as of Monday, Garcia had yet to provide a reason to justify his withdrawal from the Wentworth tournament.

Sergio, 42, must provide a valid reason within the next three weeks or he will be fined. According to the DP World Tour regulations, a player may withdraw only for “emergency reasons or medical circumstances deemed reasonable by the tournament director.”

The man from Castellón is one of the players who are competing in the new million-dollar Arab Super League that has created so much tension in the world of golf in recent months. Garcia was already successful as an amateur.

In addition to amateur tournaments, he won a professional tournament in 1997 with the Catalonian Open Championship. In 1999 he turned professional with a handicap of +5. In his first year as a pro, he finished second behind Tiger Woods at the US PGA Championship in Medinah.

Victories on the American and European tours followed. In 2000 he was awarded the “Sports Oscar” as the best newcomer. He was on the European Ryder Cup team five times in a row (from 1999 to 2008) and again from 2012 to 2018.

In 2006, Garcia was the most successful player with four wins in five games, only being beaten by Stewart Cink in the final singles match. He also won the coveted trophy with Europe in 2012, 2014 and 2018 and has been the most successful player ever since 2018 with a total of 25.5 points.

In 2017, García won his first major tournament, the Masters Tournament, beating Englishman Justin Rose in the playoff. He is the third Spaniard after his two role models Severiano Ballesteros and José María Olazábal to triumph in Augusta, USA.

In 2018, García got his 25.5 by beating Rickie Fowler of the United States. point in the Ryder Cup. This resulted in García’s Ryder Cup career record of 22-12-7 (wins/losses/ties). That performance saw him surpass previous record holder Sir Nick Faldo, 23-19-4 (wins/losses/ties).

Sergio Garcia is also one of the leading athletes in history on the most important tours of professional golf. During his career he earned 30 million euros on the European Tour (as of September 16, 2019). He is only surpassed by Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy. On the North American PGA Tour, he ranks tenth in prize money with almost $50 million (as of July 20, 2020).

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