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Sergio Garcia reveals he will join Saudi Arabia-backed tour after angry outburst

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Sergio Garcia seems to have betrayed his will

Sergio Garcia appears to have let it slip that he will join the Saudi-backed rival golf course after his anger at what was later deemed the wrong decision was caught on camera.

After pulling his tee shot into a hazard on the par-five 10th hole of TPC Potomac in the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship, Garcia was able to find his ball after a minute-long search.

However, he was informed by a PGA Tour rules official that he had exceeded the three-minute time limit and therefore the ball was treated as lost.

Phil Mickelson sparked outrage with his comments on Saudi Arabia (Image: Getty)

The Ryder Cup star scored a par on the hole after a penalty drop, but not before hinting his time on the PGA Tour was coming to an end.

“I can’t wait to get off this tour. I can’t wait to get out of here, my friend,’ Garcia said. ‘A few more weeks and I won’t have to deal with you anymore.’

The inaugural LIV Golf Invitational event, with a prize pool of 25 million, will be held from 9th to 11th June at the Centurion Club in Hertfordshire.

Garcia declined to speak to the media after completing an opening 67, but the New York Post reported that a representative for the Spaniard confirmed Garcia had asked for a release to compete at Centurion.

Lee Westwood has confirmed his intention to compete in the Saudi Arabia-backed tournaments (Image: Getty0

Adding to Garcia’s anger, the PGA Tour later said that the umpire on the 10th hole did not account for the time it took for Garcia to cross the creek to get to the area where his ball was suspected.

However, the ball would still have been considered unplayable in the waist-deep rough and since Garcia had already signed his scorecard and the round was over, his score on the 10th hole did not change.

Earlier this week, Garcia’s former Ryder Cup teammate Lee Westwood confirmed his intention to compete in the inaugural Saudi Rebel Tour event, admitting the potential financial rewards were too tempting to ignore.

He said Sky Sports: “I’ve done a release with the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour as a lot of people have done. That’s kind of a phase we’re in and everything after that is just ifs and buts and speculation.

“It’s an opportunity to play in a big tournament in England against some of the best players in the world. I love playing in front of home fans in England so I think every time an opportunity like this comes up I should take it.

“I am an independent contractor. I work for myself, it’s my job and I have to do what’s right for me.’

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