Sergio Garcia ‘can’t wait to get off this Tour’ after rules official issued penalty at Wells Fargo Championship

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Sergio Garcia’s opening round at the 2022 Wells Fargo Championship draws attention not for his play, but for a specific moment on the par-5 of 10. The fiery Spaniard hit his tee shot to the left of the fairway into a penalty area and was able to locate his golf ball, albeit not in the allotted three minutes that competitors have when searching for a potentially lost ball.

Just before the allotted time was up, Garcia received a penalty stroke and then expressed his displeasure to the rules official.

“I can’t wait to get off this tour,” Garcia said. “I can’t wait to get out of here. Just a few more weeks until I don’t have to worry about you anymore.”

If you read between the lines, it is clear what the 42-year-old means. The former Masters champion, who is linked to the LIV Golf League, would join many of his European peers to compete in the Saudi-backed golf league. With Lee Westwood, Richard Bland and Ian Poulter all tied to Greg Norman’s league, Garcia is the latest to express his commitment, albeit in an unofficial way.

Garcia, currently ranked 47th in the official world golf rankings, would be one of the 15 top 100 players Norman has credited for participating in the LIV Golf Series. The all-time leader in Ryder Cup history, due to start in London June 9-11, appears to be one of the 48 in the field.

Garcia went on par on the 10th hole and eventually signed for a 3-under 67 after an impressive hole-out eagle on the par 15th 4. After completing his round, Garcia declined to meet with the media at TPC Potomac as he was unwilling to face questions about the moment in question. Sergio Garcia ‘can’t wait to get off this Tour’ after rules official issued penalty at Wells Fargo Championship

Justin Scacco

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