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With the Ryder Cup just a week away, golf enthusiasts are buzzing with excitement and anticipation. The team selection for this year’s event has stirred considerable debate among fans on both sides. However, the final teams have been decided and are eagerly awaiting the competition in Rome.

Sergio Garcia, the golf veteran, seems to share the same enthusiasm as he made a last-minute attempt to compete in the Ryder Cup. Unfortunately, his short-lived endeavor has ended in disappointment. Here’s what happened.

Sergio Garcia’s last attempt at redemption

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On the evening of September 17th, Telegraph Sport took to Twitter to share their exclusive article about Sergio Garcia’s attempt to return to the Ryder Cup. The headline read: “Exclusive: Sergio Garcia Makes Last-Ditch Effort to Play Ryder Cup with an Offer to Pay £700,000 in Fines.

As per the article, Garcia attempted to make a last-minute comeback for the upcoming Ryder Cup this month but was denied by the DP World Tour due to his resignation from the tour earlier. Garcia, the Ryder Cup’s all-time leading points scorer, had refused to pay a £100,000 fine for joining the LIV Golf Series and had handed in his tour card in May. However, he later tried to rejoin the tour in hopes of playing in the Ryder Cup.

Garcia’s agent and Ryder Cup Europe did not comment on the matter, but an insider revealed that Garcia offered to pay the £100,000 fine and all outstanding fines if allowed to play. However, the DP World Tour explained that since he had resigned from his membership, he couldn’t rejoin until the following year. Despite ongoing discussions about a possible return, Garcia remains the only LIV player who has not paid the initial fine.

European captain Luke Donald was not part of these discussions and had not been considering Sergio Garcia for the Ryder Cup since their split. Garcia shared, “I talked to [Captain Luke Donald] two or three weeks ago… Luke is a good friend, but I wanted him to be sincere and tell me the truth, and he pretty much told me I had no chance.

On the other hand, Jon Rahm, the world’s No. 3, voiced his eagerness to see Garcia as part of the team.

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Jon Rahm’s voice of support for Sergio Garcia

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Jon Rahm, speaking at the BMW PGA Championship in England, emphasized the significance of Sergio Garcia’s Ryder Cup experience, considering him the best European player with the most points earned.

The Spaniard expressed that it would be unwise for anyone to disregard his fellow countryman’s contributions and suggested that the veteran could potentially serve as a vice-captain for the Ryder Cup team.

Rahm expressed a desire to have other veterans on the team but acknowledged the uncertainty surrounding their participation. He speculated that the partnership between the PGA Tour, DP World, and PIF could impact the situation.

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Is this the end of Garcia’s glorious Ryder Cup era? Let us know in the comments below.

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