DP World Tour pro Scott Hend and Sky Sports Golf reporter Jamie Weir have been entertaining golf fans on Twitter this weekend with their thoughts on Sergio Garcia being one of 17 LIV Golf players to not pay an outstanding £100k fine.
Hend is seemingly fighting Garcia's corner, while Weir is in disbelief the Spaniard has "yet to pay the £100k fine to the Tour which first gave him a platform to play on 24 years ago."
Hend, who has won three times on the DP World Tour, tweeted: "He [Garcia] doesn't have to pay the fine if he decided to no longer be a member and play DP World Tour."
That particular tweet did not go down well with Weir, who responded: "Scott, you're making zero sense."
DP World Tour pro Eddie Pepperell also chimed in with: "Scott, what is your point?"
Here's a look at the lengthy thread.
You might want to reach for the popcorn:
Interesting U say "HE" owes the Tour for giving HIM a platform for HIS success.... Don't U think the Tour has benefited from HIS success as well? So U think if U earn money U should pay a fine U believe U shouldn't have to pay... Ahhhh OK then. Interesting thought process that pic.twitter.com/UT6BtGi6MN— Scott Hend (@hendygolf) May 6, 2023
Ya see the reason I do reply to some of the tripe I see on here is.... Who else that knows a little about Professional Golf comments? Most replies I see r from individuals who don't know how things work, they seem to praise Jamie for stuff he produces, which makes little sense.— Scott Hend (@hendygolf) May 6, 2023
Jamie "U" know how it all went down? "U" know how it works if one gets breached? "U" also know that the "FINES" got thought up after the breach(now thats very doubtful) don't "U"?— Scott Hend (@hendygolf) May 6, 2023
Ahhhhh, yet U say it's the "right thing to do" to just pay the fine. So U r telling Me U know how this breach and fine stuff works? U still haven't addressed the fine amount was not said and the repercussions for actions wasn't know. If U going to write, U better right all facts.— Scott Hend (@hendygolf) May 6, 2023
Have they? Do U have proof? Or have they just resigned? Who paid the fines? The Players or someone else? #JustSayn— Scott Hend (@hendygolf) May 6, 2023
Eddie its gr8 u have joined the conversation.... As U would also know from ur vast experience, He doesn't have to pay the fine if He decided to no longer be a Member and play DP World Tour. Please clarify for Jamie, did the Players know the repercussions of their actions b4 play?— Scott Hend (@hendygolf) May 6, 2023
Scott, you’re making zero sense. It’s irrelevant if they knew what size the fine would be or not. They knew they were breaking rules.— Jamie Weir (@jamiecweir) May 6, 2023
A footballer doesn’t know what length of ban he’ll get if he headbutts a referee, but he’s aware some form of sanction is coming.
What a load of rubbish Ohhh Jamie I thought U knew this Golf stuff, or it seems U thought U did by the way U have been going after Players for this LIV thing. They weren't told the Penalties. They asked, they weren't told until the morning of the BMW Munich Open. #JustSayn https://t.co/TYVxiJja7M— Scott Hend (@hendygolf) May 6, 2023
The policy for conflicting events became more of a thing last year. It's being pushed harder now since the agreement with some Tours has ended. It's a complicated, sometimes confusing thing to work out if U will be granted a release or not. To hard to explain here.— Scott Hend (@hendygolf) May 6, 2023
No we aren't, now the DP World Tour is paying Guys that r full Members, this does change things. This has only happened "This Year".— Scott Hend (@hendygolf) May 6, 2023
Welll fcuk Me.... Here is a truly self indulged, shall we say liar, now saying that a Player who was in the middle of the fines and conflicting events on the DPWORLD Tour is not speaking the facts and truth. Well I'll be Jamie, U truly r a spud. #JustSayn #HeNoClue #GolfLife https://t.co/9ty09SDTnT— Scott Hend (@hendygolf) May 6, 2023
I’ll attempt this one final time:— Jamie Weir (@jamiecweir) May 6, 2023
They knew they were breaching rules, they knew there’d be consequences. Did they know what the EXACT punishment would be? No. But that’s irrelevant. All sporting organisations have disciplinary panels to decide on sanctions after rules breaches. https://t.co/v8kQH8tyos
As reported on Wednesday, Garcia and a flurry of Ryder Cup legends resigned their memberships from their home circuit, making them ineligible for this September's event in Italy at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club.
In a statement sent to GolfMagic on Thursday evening, the DP World Tour said:
"The players were each fined £100,000 – a sanction originally imposed in July 2022 and upheld last month by an independent panel appointed by Sport Resolutions.
"The 16 players are: Richard Bland, Laurie Canter, Branden Grace, Justin Harding, Sam Horsfield, Martin Kaymer, Pablo Larrazabal, Graeme McDowell, Shaun Norris, Wade Ormsby, Adrian Otaegui, Ian Poulter, Patrick Reed, Charl Schwartzel, Lee Westwood and Bernd Wiesberger.
"Sergio Garcia has not paid his £100,000 fine, nor has he given any indication that he intends to. We will therefore take appropriate action if he continues not to respect the Sport Resolutions panel’s decision.
"As confirmed yesterday, Garcia announced his resignation from the DP World Tour alongside Richard Bland, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood.
"Details of further sanctions for players who breached the Conflicting Tournament Regulation by playing in subsequent conflicting events without a release, will be announced next week."
The trio, along with England's Richard Bland, said they had 'no option' but to offer their resignations after the punishments were imposed.