Sergio Garcia Refusing to Pay DP World Tour Fine?

Lee Westwood 2021 Ryder Cup
Team Europe's Lee Westwood (L) and Sergio Garcia during a practice round prior to the 43rd Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits on September 21, 2021 in Kohler, Wisconsin. (Photo by Richard Heathcote via Getty Images)

According to the UAE-funded DP World Tour, 16 of 17 players have paid their $126,000 fines for competing in the LIV Golf London event last summer without permission.

Spain’s Sergio Garcia was the only player who has not paid.

“Sergio Garcia has not paid his £100,000 ($126,000) fine, nor has he given any indication that he intends to,” the DP World Tour’s statement read. “We will therefore take appropriate action if he continues not to respect the Sport Resolutions panel’s decision.”

Last month, Sport Resolutions, a London-based “independent” arbitration panel, declared that the DP World Tour had the right to fine and suspend its members for participating in LIV Golf’s London event in June 2022.

The DP World Tour said the fines were “imposed for serious breaches of the Tour’s Conflicting Tournament Regulation.”

Garcia, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood were among four players who resigned from the DP World Tour on Wednesday.

Sports Illustrated’s Bob Harig notes that LIV promised to pay all fines. Thus, Harig is assuming Sergio is simply refusing to pay the fine, even if funded by LIV.

“Details of further sanctions for players who breached the Conflicting Tournament Regulation by playing in subsequent conflicting events without a release, will be announced next week,” the DP World Tour statement read.



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