Garcia set to quit DP World Tour: I want to play where I’m loved

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Sergio Garcia (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

Sergio Garcia says he intends to leave the DP World Tour for good, citing a lack of love from the European circuit since he left to join the Saudi-backed LIV Golf series.

The Spaniard teed it up in the first LIV event at Centurion Club in June where he evidently felt the love he’d been missing on the DP World. Garcia’s decision to move to LIV means he’s no longer eligible to compete for Europe at the Ryder Cup and while he claims that brings him sadness, Garcia insists he’s no bothered by the possibility of never playing in a major again, never mind on the DP World Tour.

“Probably, I am going to quit (the European Tour). I want to play where I feel loved and right now in the European Tour I am not feeling loved,” Garcia told Spanish reporters in St Andrews.

“I am very happy with what I have achieved, and I am going to try to enjoy it. I will play less and will spend more time at home.

“If I cannot play any more major that’s the way it is, but it is not something that bothers me a lot. I am feeling sad because of the Ryder Cup but right now in the way I am playing I won’t be selected.”

One of Garcia’s former Ryder Cup captains, Thomas Bjorn was one of a number of big personalities critical of the likes of Garcia for making the move, with Garcia adding;

“That’s not pretty. I have given more than half my life to the European Tour and I wanted to continue playing it, but I am not going to be where they don’t want me.

“It is very sad to receive such treatment for a personal and professional decision. If they treat you like that, it’s not worth continuing.

“It is the first time that I made a decision thinking only of me and my family. We will enjoy what we have and we will play where they want us.”

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