DP World Tour Threatens Sergio Garcia With Further Sanctions As He Fails To Pay £100,000 Fine

Sergio Garcia was the only one of the 17 LIV Golf players hit with £100,000 fines who failed to pay the DP World Tour

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The DP World Tour have revealed that Sergio Garcia is the only one of the 17 players fined for joining LIV Golf who has yet to pay up – and he’s "given no indication he intends to."

The Tour’s statement also says that it intends to “take appropriate action” if Garcia “continues not to respect the Sport Resolutions panel’s decision.”

The Spaniard was one of the high-profile resignations from the DP World Tour alongside Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood – all of whom were fined for playing in the LIV Golf opener in London last year.

A Sport Resolutions arbitration found in favour of the Tour after an appeal, and although Westwood said he did not agree with the decision he, alongside 15 others, decided to pay their £100,000 fine.

Garcia, however, has failed to stump up the cash so far, and Keith Pelley’s organisation is not about to let him off with it, as their strongly worded statement warned of further sanctions against him.

“The DP World Tour today confirmed that 16 out of 17 players have paid their fines which were imposed for serious breaches of the Tour’s Conflicting Tournament Regulation last June,” read their statement.

“The players were each fined £100,000 – a sanction originally imposed in July 2022 and upheld last month by an independent panel appointed by Sport Resolutions.

“The 16 players are: Richard Bland, Laurie Canter, Branden Grace, Justin Harding, Sam Horsfield, Martin Kaymer, Pablo Larrazabal, Graeme McDowell, Shaun Norris, Wade Ormsby, Adrian Otaegui, Ian Poulter, Patrick Reed, Charl Schwartzel, Lee Westwood and Bernd Wiesberger.

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Sergio Garcia has not paid his £100,000 fine, nor has he given any indication that he intends to. We will therefore take appropriate action if he continues not to respect the Sport Resolutions panel’s decision.

“As confirmed yesterday, Garcia announced his resignation from the DP World Tour alongside Richard Bland, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood.

“Details of further sanctions for players who breached the Conflicting Tournament Regulation by playing in subsequent conflicting events without a release, will be announced next week.”

Westwood has already voiced his anger at the decision, calling the DP World Tour “a regime” and blaming the PGA Tour for bullying them into it, but it’s not sure as yet whether Garcia, the record points scorer in Ryder Cup history, is also taking a stand or is just late in paying his fine.

Paul Higham

Paul Higham is a sports journalist with over 20 years of experience in covering most major sporting events for both Sky Sports and BBC Sport. He is currently freelance and covers the golf majors on the BBC Sport website.  Highlights over the years include covering that epic Monday finish in the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor and watching Rory McIlroy produce one of the most dominant Major wins at the 2011 US Open at Congressional. He also writes betting previews and still feels strangely proud of backing Danny Willett when he won the Masters in 2016 - Willett also praised his putting stroke during a media event before the Open at Hoylake. Favourite interviews he's conducted have been with McIlroy, Paul McGinley, Thomas Bjorn, Rickie Fowler and the enigma that is Victor Dubuisson. A big fan of watching any golf from any tour, sadly he spends more time writing about golf than playing these days with two young children, and as a big fair weather golfer claims playing in shorts is worth at least five shots. Being from Liverpool he loves the likes of Hoylake, Birkdale and the stretch of tracks along England's Golf Coast, but would say his favourite courses played are Kingsbarns and Portrush.