Sergio Garcia returns to Saudi event but DROPS huge appearance fee!

Garcia agrees to return to scene of DQ, but this time without picking up massive appearance fee...

Andy Roberts's picture
Tue, 26 Nov 2019

In a bid to seek forgiveness for seeing rage at this year's controversial Saudi International, it is understood Sergio Garcia will drop a huge appearance fee but still compete in the 2020 tournament scheduled for January 30 to February 2. 

Garcia was disqualified from the 2019 tournament earlier this season after incredibly thumping his putter into one of the greens at the Royal Greens G&CC in Saudi Arabia.

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The heated Spaniard then proceeded to rake his putter across several other greens in frustration, and was even seen spotted having a strop in the bunker by thuming his wedge into the sand multiple times. 

Despite his actions during that third round and eventual disqualifiction for "serious misconduct" by the European Tour, the 2017 Masters champion still went on to pocket his tournament fee in the region of £500,000. 

He was not asked to pay any of it back. 

It is reported in The Telegraph that for the 2020 tournament, however, Garcia has agreed to drop his tournament appearance fee in the region of half a million once again to spare him a suspension from the European Tour. 

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"I respect the decision of my disqualification," said Garcia, at the time of his disqualification in round three of this year's tournament won by Dustin Johnson. 

"In frustration, I damaged a couple of greens, for which I apologise for, and I have informed my fellow players it will never happen again.”

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Garcia has not only agreed to return to the Saudi International in 2020, but a host of other major champions have also penned deals including Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson and Patrick Reed. 

The inaugural 2019 tournament caused plenty of controversy as it fell several months after the death of Jamal Khashoggi, a journalist who had spoken out against Price Mohammed bin Salman in Washington Post columns.

The US resident was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul after agreeing to meet there.

As a result, a number of golf fans and critics of the tournament were ashamed to see some of the world's best golfers align at the tournament to receive Saudi money to appear and speak on behalf of their government. 

 

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