'Doesn't Seem Right To Me' - Rahm Reflects On DP World Tour's Treatment Of Garcia

After his final round at the 2022 Open Championship, Jon Rahm reflected on recent news surrounding his Spanish compatriot.

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After Jon Rahm's 2022 Open Championship concluded, the Spaniard took to defending his countryman Sergio Garcia in the wake of Garcia's LIV Golf Invitational Series (opens in new tab) involvement and how it might impact him with the DP World Tour and the Ryder Cup

Rahm spoke to Spanish-language reporters and called for some kind of resolution between Garcia and the DP World Tour. 

“Hopefully a simple solution is found,’’ said Rahm in comments translated from Spanish. “Weeks like the JP McManus Pro-Am (in Ireland two weeks ago), which tell you how beautiful this sport is and how much it can do, the amount of good it can do in the world … it’s such a beautiful sport that it is a pity there are certain fights between the DP World Tour, the PGA Tour and LIV Golf.

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“I understand the reasons why golfers who play LIV Golf do it and it’s a shame they have to relinquish their status on the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour.

“Sergio knows very well that he has dedicated his life to the European Tour in his 25 years as a pro,’’ Rahm said. “That they turn their backs on him that way doesn’t seem right to me. And it is what it is. It is not my decision and that he has to make this decision, it hurts me.

“It’s a shame also because I know that he wanted to play in Spain. And he won’t be able to play either the Spanish Open or at Valderrama. And it bothers me even more that he can’t play the Ryder Cup.

“The event that gives golf the most publicity around the world is the Ryder Cup,’’ Rahm continued. “Because of this nonsense there are players like (Garcia) who can’t play the Ryder Cup. That already makes me a little more angry. It is something that creates this sport. It is the reason that my family and I started playing golf and the reason that many in this world play golf.

“And because of what is happening, Sergio Garcia is not going to play, the best player Europe has ever had (in terms of Ryder Cup points and victories) ... it seems difficult to understand the process.

“In the end, he does what is best for him. And if the others do not cooperate, it is what is. I hope they sit down and talk.’’

What makes all of this even more interesting are Garcia's comments also to Spanish media at The Open. 

The Guardian's golf correspondent Ewan Murray reported that Garcia told Spanish media that 'he will be quitting the European Tour (opens in new tab) (therefore Ryder Cups).'

"My resignation is not official, but I'm going to make it effective," Garcia is reported to have told Spanish media, adding: "What they are doing is a shame because the European Tour is going to become the fifth in the world."

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Unfortunately, Sam is not a member of any club at the moment but regularly gets out on the golf course to keep up the facade of having a handicap of five. 

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