Report: Sergio Garcia To Avoid European Tour Ban

The Spaniard will likely avoid a tournament ban or further punishment after being DQ'd from the Saudi International for serious misconduct

Sergio Garcia To Avoid European Tour Ban
(Image credit: RK)

The Spaniard will likely avoid a tournament ban or further punishment after being DQ'd from the Saudi International for serious misconduct

Report: Sergio Garcia To Avoid European Tour Ban

Sergio Garcia will not face any further punishment from the European Tour after his Saudi International DQ, according to the Scotsman's Martin Dempster (opens in new tab).

The Spaniard was disqualified after his third round for damaging five greens on the front nine.

He reportedly scuffed the putting surfaces by dragging his shoe on them and made a divot mark on the 6th green, pictured below by Martin Dempster who photographed it some 24 hours+ later:

See more

Players in the four groups following Garcia and Italian Renato Paratore complained to tournament officials.

Robert Rock was one of those players in the groups behind.

He told The Scotsman, "It was scuff marks and also a mark that appeared to have been made by what looked to have been a putter.

"Like everyone else, I did not know who it was. I wasn't sure if it was one person or more people. I have spoken to Sergio about it. He faced up to it and we are fine. Everyone makes a mistake at some point."

Garcia was DQ'd due to Rule 1.2a, which allows for disqualification if a player has committed serious misconduct.

In a statement released by the European Tour, Sergio Garcia said: “I respect the decision of my disqualification. In frustration, I damaged a couple of greens, for which I apologise for, and I have informed my fellow players it will never happen again.”

The Scotsman understands that Garcia will not receive any further punishment or tournament bans, and he has not been made to pay back any of his appearance money.

The tournament reportedly handed out $9m in appearance fees to the likes of Garcia and the World Numbers One, Two and Three Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson.

Keith Pelley's comments appear to make it fairly clear that Garcia won't be receiving any further bans.

“The incident is over. We have dealt with it. Sergio has apologised to the players and we move on," he said.

Expand R&A Releases Statement On Caddie Alignment Issue

Brexit Has Caused Significant Concern For Open Brexit Poses "Significant Concern" For Open R&A Releases Statement On Caddie Alignment Issue Haotong Li Penalty Correct

R&A Releases Statement On Caddie Alignment Issue

One rule in particular has caused plenty of…

Expand Sergio Garcia Disqualified From Saudi For Misconduct

Sergio Garcia Disqualified

Sergio Garcia Disqualified From Saudi For Misconduct

The Spaniard reportedly damaged a couple of greens

Expand Dustin Johnson Wins Saudi International

Dustin Johnson Wins Saudi International

Dustin Johnson Wins Saudi International

The World Number Three was victorious at the…

Expand Clubhouse Podcast Ep 4: Exclusive Rose and Koepka Interviews + Haotong Li

Brexit Has Caused Significant Concern For Open Brexit Poses "Significant Concern" For Open R&A Releases Statement On Caddie Alignment Issue Haotong Li Penalty Correct

Clubhouse Podcast Ep 4: Exclusive Rose and Koepka Interviews + Haotong Li

Listen to the latest Golf Monthly Clubhouse podcast…

Dustin Johnson won his first regular European Tour title at the Saudi International, beating Haotong Li by two strokes after finishing at 19 under par.

For all the latest golf news, check the Golf Monthly website and follow our social media channels

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.


Elliott is currently playing:


Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x