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Sergio Garcia PGA Championship absence ends staggering major run

After ending his Ryder Cup career by resigning from the DP World Tour, Sergio Garcia’s future in major championships is also in serious doubt

 

Despite instances of questionable behaviour throughout his career, no one has ever doubted Sergio Garcia’s quality and longevity on the golf course.

Although he won’t be playing in the 2023 PGA Championship at Oak Hill, Garcia’s absence only shows his consistency since turning professional in 1999.

Next week’s tournament is the first major championship Garcia’s failed to qualify for since the year he became a pro.

This was the same year he burst on the scene at the PGA at Medinah. His run up the hill on the 16th hole after hitting an impossible cut around a tree is ingrained in the minds of many golf fans.

He would go on to come second to Tiger Woods, but his exciting performance in Chicago foreshadowed what became a mightily successful career.

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In this 24-year period, the Spaniard has also finished second twice at the Open and the PGA Championship, as well as coming tied for third at the US Open in 2005.

It’s worth noting he missed the Masters in 2020 after testing positive for Covid-19 – but he was eligible to play after winning his sole major title at Augusta National in 2017.

He was considered one of the best golfers never to win a major before his crowning moment in Georgia and, because of that, he can drive down Magnolia Lane for the rest of his life.

However, the 43-year-old has no more major exemptions for the foreseeable future. 18 players from Greg Norman’s LIV Golf roster have made the field for the PGA Championship.

After joining LIV Golf, his world ranking has tumbled to 189, and apart from using the odd appearance on the Asian Tour to improve this mark, this will continue to depreciate.

Not only is Garcia’s major future in serious doubt, but his Ryder Cup future is beyond doubt now he is no longer a member of the formerly-named European Tour.

He became the famous event’s record points scorer in 2018 in France – but there is no prospect of further participation or captaincy.

Following the DP World Tour’s newfound rights to fine LIV players for competing in the rebel tour’s first event last June, Garcia has resigned from the circuit and therefore closed another route of gaining OWGR points.

17 players were fined $100,000 and Garcia was the only one not to pay by the deadline. The tour will now act accordingly to make sure they receive the cash.

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Matt Chivers

Matt Chivers

Now on the wrong side of 25, Matt has been playing golf since the age of 13 and was largely inspired to take up the game by countless family members who played golf during his childhood.

Matt is a member at Royal Cinque Ports in Deal playing off a 5 handicap, just a pitching wedge away from his hometown of Dover where he went to school and grew up. He has previously been a member at Etchinghill and Walmer and Kingsdown in Kent.

Having studied history at the University of Liverpool, Matt went on to pass his NCTJ Exams in Manchester a year later to fulfil his lifelong ambition of becoming a journalist. He picked up work experience along the way at places such as the Racing Post, the Independent, Sportsbeat and the Lancashire Evening Post.

Matt joined NCG in February 2023 and is the website’s main source of tour news, features and opinion. He has reported live from events such as The Open, the Ryder Cup and The Players Championship, having also interviewed and spoken to the likes of Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood, Lee Westwood, Graeme McDowell, Henrik Stenson, to name just a few.

Consuming tour golf on what is a 24/7 basis, you can come to Matt for informed views on the game and the latest updates on the PGA Tour, DP World Tour, LPGA Tour, Ladies European Tour and LIV Golf.

What’s in Matt’s bag: Cobra LTDx LS driver, Cobra LTDx 3-wood, TaylorMade P7MC irons, Ping Glide 4.0 wedges, Odyssey putter.

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