Garcia Says He Received Emotional Personal News Prior To Saudi DQ

The Spaniard put his Saudi disqualification down to a mix of some personal things and frustration with the greens

Garcia Says He Received Emotional Personal News

The Spaniard put his Saudi disqualification down to a mix of some personal things and frustration with the greens

Garcia Says He Received Emotional Personal News Prior To Saudi DQ

Sergio Garcia has publicly spoken about his Saudi International disqualification in an interview with the Golf Channel (opens in new tab).

The 2017 Masters champion was DQ'd due to serious misconduct after damaging greens at Royal Greens G&CC.

The Spaniard seemed very remorseful and emotional in a clip via Sky Sports (opens in new tab), where he put his anger down to a mix of receiving emotional personal news earlier in the week and frustration at the greens.

"Something I feel ashamed of, I'm not proud of it," he said.

"But the only thing I can do is apologise for it, hope that people accept it, show everyone that I'm ready to move forward and show everyone how I am and how I can behave on the course.

"I received some very emotional personal news early that week that didn't help and obviously that was in the back of my mind.

"As I got frustrated on the course, then everything erupted. It was a mix of some emotional personal things going on and with a little frustration with the greens and unfortunately it ended up the way I wish it wouldn't have."

And on how his fellow professionals with deal with it, Garcia apologises and wants to show people that he is a good person as well as a good golfer.

"I'm sure that some of them are not going to be happy about. Obviously we all make mistakes and I'm the first one to admit it.

"The only thing I can do is like I said is apologise like I did, obviously I'm gonna work hard like I said to behave the best way possible and show everyone that I'm not only a good golfer but I'm a good person."

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Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.


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