Sergio Garcia has confirmed he did make a last-ditch attempt to play in the Ryder Cup by offering to pay fines imposed as a result of competing in LIV Golf events without a tournament release.
Not only did Garcia offer to pay off his bill - said to be in the region of £700,000 - the Spaniard also offered to commit to a series of tournaments in 2024 providing there was a chance he could be involved next week in Rome.
"It was all a bit bizarre," one source previously told Telegraph Sport about Garcia's desperate attempt to be involved in an 11th Ryder Cup.
Garcia told i's Kevin Garside he phoned DP World Tour chief executive Keith Pelley directly and the answer was a firm no.
Per the report, Pelley told Garcia he was following the guidelines and only if Europe's record points scorer was still a member of the European-based circuit could he be considered.
The 2017 Masters champion told i things will be 'more favourable' in 2024 for LIV players but he was still discouraged from reapplying for his membership.
"I called and asked him about the possibility of me being a member of the [DP World] Tour again, Garcia told i. "I knew I had to be a member to have any possibility of being a part of the European team in Rome."
So will Garcia reapply for his membership?
"That is a decision I will make with my family and will try to see what is the best thing we can do," he said.
"At the moment, the feeling is not amazing. We will see where we end up when the new year starts. It is what it is
"I would have loved to have been involved in Rome but I'm not, and I have to move on. I have to live with that and realise that's the way they want to go. I have to respect it.
"Going back and forth and kicking myself just drags me, drags me mentally. I have to focus on what I'm doing here at LIV, with the Fireballs, my team-mates. I don't want to be dragging. I want to be out here enjoying what I'm doing, playing as hard as I can. That's pretty much all I can do from now on."
The 44th Ryder Cup takes place at the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club over 29 September to 1 October.
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