Sergio Garcia says he wishes 'it hadn't taken so long' to repair his friendship with Rory McIlroy after the pair fell out over LIV Golf.
In an interview with Tom Kershaw of The Times of London, the Spaniard revealed he talked to McIlroy in the same week he withdrew from the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth without an explanation.
That tournament was played in the same week Queen Elizabeth II died on 8 September 2022 aged 96.
The Spanish pro, now 43, was later pictured grinning ear to ear at a college football game in the United States.
It was a decision that meant Garcia, not for the first time, was fined heavily by his home circuit.
Fast-forward to July 2023 and it appears that all is forgotten, at least for Garcia and McIlroy.
| Sergio Garcia has revealed he has buried the hatchet with Rory McIlroy after the pair fell out over the emergence of LIV Golf.— GolfMagic (@GolfMagic) June 28, 2023
"I got my friend back," Garcia told reporters at Valderrama. pic.twitter.com/KJFh3OxYoE
McIlroy, 33, made a gesture that he would call Garcia as the pair crossed paths during the 2023 U.S. Open at Los Angeles Country Club.
After a little help from their wives, the pair were on their way to recovering a friendship that led to McIlroy being a groomsman at Garcia's wedding to Angela Akins the same year he won the Masters.
Garcia told Kershaw:
Garcia also addressed the time he was described as flying into a fit of rage in Germany when his initial fine for playing the inaugural LIV Golf event at Centurion Club last June was handed down.
Scotland's Bob MacIntyre is said to have witnessed that anger on full display.
"Amazing how fast you can lost respect for someone that you've looked up to all your life," MacIntyre later posted on social media.
Garcia said of this moment:
Garcia also revealed he has had, unsurprisingly, strong support behind-the-scenes from Jon Rahm.
Rahm has stayed away from criticising the breakaway, despite not being a fan of the shotgun start, 54-hole event format.
"It's not a proper golf tournament," Rahm said before the 2022 Genesis Invitational on the PGA Tour as the rumour mill gathered pace.
Garcia also stated he was keen on future Ryder Cup involvement. "After the last few weeks, I think we're now all in a much better place," he said.
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