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Sergio Garcia ‘prepared to risk Ryder Cup exile to play in breakaway Saudi event in St Albans’

Golf’s civil conflict continues with Sergio Garcia ‘ready to risk his Ryder Cup place by making use of for permission to compete in the £20m first breakaway Saudi collection event – because the European Tour might crack down on rebels’

  • Deadline for PGA Tour members to search permission to play is 10pm tonight
  • Up to 20 gamers are believed to have utilized – together with three main winners
  • Sergio Garcia, 42, is Europe’s all-time main factors scorer in the Ryder Cup

Former Masters champion Sergio Garcia is prepared to risk Ryder Cup exile and play in the primary Saudi insurgent collection event in London.

The Spaniard, Europe’s all-time main factors scorer, is reportedly certainly one of a minimum of three main winners who will ask the PGA Tour for permission to seem in the file $25million (£20m) match at Centurion Club in St Albans in June, according to the Telegraph.

The deadline for PGA Tour members is 10pm UK time tonight (Monday) and up to 20 gamers are believed to have utilized. 

Sergio Garcia is ready to risk Ryder Cup exile and play in the first Saudi rebel series event

Sergio Garcia is prepared to risk Ryder Cup exile and play in the primary Saudi insurgent collection event

Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter have additionally been linked with the LIV Golf Invitational Series, run by Greg Norman.

If Westwood, Garcia and Poulter do resolve to chase the $4million first prize in the 54-hole match, then it may very well be a hammer blow for Europe’s possibilities of regaining the Ryder Cup in Rome subsequent year.

Jay Monahan, the PGA Tour commissioner, will most likely grant dispensation with the primary LIV Golf event in the US on the finish of June probably to be their flash level.

But the DP World Tour – previously the European Tour – is probably going to come down exhausting on the rebels. Their deadline is May 14. 

Greg Norman is the frontman for the Saudi Arabia-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series

Greg Norman is the frontman for the Saudi Arabia-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series

What is the LIV Series?

The breakaway circuit will launch in London in June, on the Centurion Club close to St Albans. 

It will tee off on June 9, one week earlier than the US Open, with a £19m purse for a 48-man discipline.

Seven extra occasions will observe run by LIV Golf, going to the US (4 occasions) Thailand and Saudi Arabia.

Those seven will every be value £19m. A £23m prize for the highest three gamers of the primary seven occasions will probably be out there.

The eighth event will probably be a crew championship with a £38m prize — location TBC.

Each event will probably be richer than the 4 majors.

Keith Pelley, the Tour’s chief govt, has beforehand warned gamers that they are going to threaten the way forward for the circuit in the event that they select to seem in the brand new collection. 

Garcia, Westwood and Poulter have all been seen as future Europe captains, however this can be thrown into doubt in the event that they have been to defy Pelley and the manager board. 

Earlier this year Garcia gave an perception into the simmering tensions behind the scenes between the established excursions and plenty of main gamers over the Saudi bid to change the sport.

The Spaniard was outraged that his loyalty over 23 years to the European Tour counted for nothing when he requested for a launch to play in the Saudi Invitational subsequent week.

Clearly attempting to kill off the Saudi menace to create a brand new international tour at start, the European and PGA Tours have been reluctant to enable releases to a bunch of main Americans plus the likes of Garcia, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter, earlier than participant energy received the day.

Garcia, 42, mentioned: ‘I perceive the position of the excursions however they’ve to perceive that we try to obtain issues for our households. 

‘I’ve been a European Tour member for 23 years and achieved a variety of issues to make that occur. I’ve put a variety of mileage in my physique to make it occur.’ 

The LIV Golf Invitational Series cast a shadow over the Masters when Phil Mickelson withdrew following his comments on the Saudi-backed league

The LIV Golf Invitational Series cast a shadow over the Masters when Phil Mickelson withdrew following his feedback on the Saudi-backed league

The Saudi tour cast a shadow over the Masters, with three-time winner Phil Mickelson withdrawing due to the furore over earlier feedback he had made.

He claimed the Saudis have been ‘scary mom*******’, and that he had solely flirted with involvement in the collection to make extra from the PGA Tour. 

Meanwhile, the collection has claimed privately that it has recruited two former World No 1 gamers, each Ryder Cup heroes, to its rising numbers. 

The backers of the collection hosted sponsors and golf executives at a mansion exterior Augusta, whereas the DP World Tour and PGA Tour are opposed to the Saudi plans. 

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