Sergio Garcia to leave DP World Tour, Henrik Stenson to join, stripped of Ryder Cup captaincy

Sergio Garcia said on Sunday he was set to quit the European Tour amid fallout from the Spaniard’s decision to join controversial rebel series LIV Golf.

Garcia, who holds the record for most points won at the Ryder Cups, would also lose his chance to feature in the biennial Europe-USA clash if he steps down from the tour.

“The truth is I’m pretty sure what I’m going to do with the DP World Tour, I’m probably going to quit it,” Garcia said after finishing the British Open with two under par.

“I want to play where I am wanted. I like to feel loved and in the European circuit I don’t feel loved at the moment. Garcia was just one of 24 players signed up for the LIV Tour to take part in the 150th Open Championship at St Andrews this week.

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However, their path to play in the majors could soon be blocked if LIV events do not receive world ranking points.

“If I don’t play the majors, I don’t play them. Truthfully, I don’t mind that much,” Garcia said.

“It would be a shame not to play the Ryder Cup, but playing the way I play, I wouldn’t be playing it anyway.”

The 42-year-old ended his wait for a major Masters victory in 2017 but saved his best for the Ryder Cup, where he was part of six European victories.

However, he said it was a clash with one of his former Ryder Cup captains, Thomas Bjorn, at the BMW International Open in June that led to his decision to quit the tour.

“Thomas Bjorn came to us in the BMW Championship and said ‘all the players don’t want you here,'” Garcia said.

“It’s not nice and I’m at the age where I won’t put up with nonsense like that.”

Garcia’s comments amid reporters, current Ryder Cup skipper Henrik Stenson is set to join Series LIV and will be stripped of his captaincy.

The Swede has been regularly linked with the Greg Norman-led tour and Sky Sports have announced he will be the latest big name to jump ship.

Stenson told reporters his schedule for the rest of the year was “undecided” after missing the cut Friday at the St Andrews Open.

Michael C. Ford