Sergio Garcia disqualified from Saudi International for damaging greens | Golf News

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Garcia, who was apparently rebuked over the incident by European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley, is now likely to be hit with further disciplinary action and could face a suspension or, at the very least, a hefty fine.

Garcia said: "I respect the decision of my disqualification. In frustration, I damaged a couple of greens, for which I apologise for, and I have informed my fellow players it will never happen again."

Sky Sports' Tim Barter breaks the news that Sergio Garcia has been disqualified for damaging greens in frustration during the third round of the Saudi International

Garcia reportedly damaged a number of greens in anger during his third-round 71 and prompted complaints from the players behind him, forcing the European Tour to disqualify him under Rule 1.2a.

The 2017 Masters champion is believed to be the first player to be disqualified for serious misconduct during a round on the European Tour since it was established in 1972.

Last Updated: 02/02/19 7:34pm

Garcia reportedly damaged a number of greens with his putter

A European Tour statement read: "Sergio Garcia has been disqualified from the Saudi International powered by SBIA during the third round of play under rule 1.2a, which allows for disqualification if a player has committed serious misconduct."

The Spaniard had escaped unpunished on day two at the Royal Greens Golf & Country Club when he vented his frustration in a bunker after needing two attempts to escape the trap due to a poor lie in the sand.

But he paid the ultimate penalty a day later when he was removed from the tournament following his round of three birdies and four bogeys which left him 16 shots adrift of the leaders after 54 holes.

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