DP World Tour pro and Sky Sports reporter CLASH over latest Sergio Garcia drama

"You're making zero sense" Sky Sports reporter Jamie Weir and DP World Tour pro Scott Hend debate LIV Golf's Sergio Garcia still not paying his £100k fine. 

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Sat, 6 May 2023
DP World Tour pro and Sky Sports pundit CLASH over latest Sergio Garcia drama

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."

Garcia is the only LIV Golf player to have not paid his £100,000 fine imposed by the DP World Tour for teeing it up in the rival league's inaugural event last June without permission. 

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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. 

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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. 

It appears to bring about the sad, anticlimactic end to the glittering Ryder Cup careers of the likes of Ian PoulterLee Westwood and Garcia. 

In a statement sent to GolfMagic on Thursday evening, the DP World Tour said:

"The DP World Tour today confirmed that 16 out of 17 players have paid their fines which were imposed for serious breaches of the Tour’s Conflicting Tournament Regulation last June.
"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.