Sergio Garcia pretends not to understand English after booking U.S. Open spot

Sergio Garcia had a cheeky response to this question after he booked his place at the U.S. Open.

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Tue, 23 May 2023
Sergio Garcia pretends not to understand English after booking U.S. Open spot

Sergio Garcia appeared to indicate Brooks Koepka's PGA Championship win 'vindicated' LIV Golf after the Spaniard booked his U.S. Open ticket to extend his streak of competing in the major to 24 years. 

Garcia was absent from the PGA Championship at Oak Hill because he fell dramatically down the world rankings. 

The Spaniard, who has now resigned from his home circuit and is apparently refusing to pay a fine imposed by the DP World Tour, entered a 36-hole U.S. Open qualifier over the weekend. 

Garcia, 43, carded a 66 at Brent Tree Country Club and then followed that up with the same score at Northwood Club to take one of the eight spots from the 120-player field. 

His birdie finish meant that he avoided a five-way playoff by one stroke. 

The fortunes of Graeme McDowell, also a LIV Golf player, were not as good as Garcia's. McDowell missed the playoff by one stroke after disastrously three-putting what was his final hole.  

"I played well, and I knew what I needed. I didn't want to be in a playoff. I've done that before. It's pretty scary." - Sergio Garcia

As for McDowell, he said he still love major championships and will keep trying to qualify for them as his world ranking continues to plummit. 

He said he watched the final round of the PGA Championship at home and appeared somewhat unhappy the PGA of America overlooked him for a place in the field. 

"I watched some at home on Sunday, but at the end of the day I didn't get in. I would have loved to get a spot from the PGA, but they didn’t have me on their radar." - Graeme McDowell

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Garcia was asked about Koepka's major triumph, and he said that he has gotten to know the five-time major champion pretty well since joining the Saudi-backed league. 

He said: 

"Of course I was happy when Jon Rahm won the Masters. But I've gotten to know Brooks over the last two years on LIV and know all he went through, so I'm super-happy for him. It shows we still are really good at playing golf and we really care about the game regardless of what some people say about us."

Asked if qualifying for the U.S. Open alongside Koepka's PGA victory was vindication for LIV, Garcia reportedly smirked and said: "Vindication? I don't know what that is. I'm Spanish, not English."

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