Sergio Garcia is in full-fledged damage control mode — and we’re not talking what he did to the greens during a tournament in Saudia Arabia a couple of weeks ago.
Sergio Garcia — who already said sorry to his fellow players after being disqualified in the third round from the Saudi International tournament on Feb. 2 for damaging greens, in frustration during his third round — doubled down on his apology on Instagram on Tuesday.
Garcia, who is playing in this week’s Genesis Open, will have his brother on the bag and is hoping to put this sordid incident behind him.
“Happy to be in my first @pgatour event of the season and have my brother on the bag again this year,” Garcia, who won the Masters in 2017, wrote. “I’ve obviously had some time to reflect, and want to again say I’m sorry to my fans and fellow competitors. What happened is not an example I want to set, and it’s not who I truly am.
“I am an emotional player and while I believe that’s one of my biggest strengths, it’s also one of my biggest flaws. I’m focused on working hard to channel that emotion the correct way and to be the best me, learn from it and move forward. Thanks for all the support.”
The 39-year-old Garcia committed “serious misconduct” under Rule 1.2a during the event at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club. It was determined he had purposely damaged several greens by making marks with his putter or scuffing them with his feet. Though there were no videos of the green-wrecking, he was caught throwing a tantrum in the bunker.
Garcia likely will have a lot more fence-mending to do with his fellow PGA Tour pros such as three-time major winner Brooks Koepka, who ripped into the Spaniard for his actions.
“Ugh, it’s frustrating as a player to see, to act like that, to disrespect everybody,” Koepka told the “Playing Through” podcast. “To act like a child out there is not cool. It’s not setting a good example and it’s not cool to us, showing us no respect or anybody else.”
The European Tour did not suspend Garcia over the incident.
“The incident is over,” European Tour CEO Keith Pelley told the Scotsman. “We have dealt with it. Sergio has apologized and we move on.”
But that doesn’t mean the Spaniard won’t hear about it from the fans all year, and it could start this week at Riviera Country Club.
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