Sergio Garcia lumped the blame on four-time major champion Rory McIlroy for why the pair no longer speak.
Speaking to the Telegraph at the opening LIV event of the season, Garcia said McIlroy lacked maturity after the Spaniard made the controversial switch to the rival league last summer.
McIlroy has previously admitted his relationships with some players who joined the Saudi-financed league have gone south, but none more so than Garcia for whom he was a groomsman at his wedding.
The major-winning duo’s friendship largely stemmed from the Ryder Cup having played together in a pair at the 2014 edition at Gleneagles and at Le Golf National in 2018.
Garcia almost certainly won’t be involved in the Ryder Cup again and he noted the lack of respect from McIlroy’s end for his decision to join LIV Golf for a lucrative contract offer.
“I think it is very sad,” Garcia said. “I think that we’ve done so many things together and had so many experiences that for him to throw that away just because I decided to go to a different tour, well, it doesn’t seem very mature; lacking maturity, really.
“But Rory’s got his own life and he makes his own choices, the same way that I make mine. I respect his choices, but it seems like he doesn’t respect the ones I make. So a one-way street.
“I don’t have a problem with him. He’s the one that has a problem. So if he wants to reconcile, then I’m willing to talk. But I’m not sure he’ll put himself down to that level.”
The 2017 Masters champion is the record points scorer in the history of the Ryder Cup, but without access to world ranking points and just one major in 2023, he has limited chances to climb Team Europe’s points standings.
Not that this will affect the 43-year-old. He “wouldn’t want to harm the atmosphere in the team room” with his presence as captain Luke Donald tries to wrestle back the trophy from America in Italy in September.
Although Garcia largely holds McIlroy responsible for their relationship breakdown, some golf fans may sense some irony and cast their minds back to times when Garcia hasn’t covered himself in glory with his behaviour.
At the BMW PGA Championship in September, Garcia withdrew after the first round for an unspecified reason following the death of the Queen.
He was later pictured pitchside with PGA Tour star Scottie Scheffler at a college football match in Texas which sparked huge criticism for his actions.
Ahead of his move to LIV Golf, he said during the Wells Fargo Championship that he “couldn’t wait to leave the tour” after being on the wrong side of a ruling while searching for his ball in tall grass.
He was also heard using strong language in anger when he was told by a rules official that despite finding his ball, the three-minute allocated window had expired.
These occasions would be just a couple of times when Garcia’s character has been questioned, but perhaps he has newfound happiness in the rebel league which restarts this week in Mexico.
Garcia believes the players are heard loud and clear by Greg Norman and other LIV officials, whereas the PGA Tour only takes notice of a select few players. No prizes for guessing who they could be.
He is the captain of Fireballs GC and each captain is responsible for growing the franchise and managing sponsors, a particularly important part of his role now that he is no longer associated with Adidas.
“We had so much criticism when we started off last June that it unified us all together and that included with the bosses,” Garcia said.
“You can suggest things, ideas, and although they are not always followed up and acted upon, you are listened to. That didn’t happen on the PGA Tour. There are only two, maybe three players who the bosses listen to on that Tour.
“I’m fine and my focus is on this new campaign. I have a great team. They’re great players and beautiful people. We’re really excited.”
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