The 2023 Ryder Cup is fast approaching, scheduled to take place from 29th September to 1st October in Rome. Sergio Garcia, a prominent golfer, recently discussed the payment of his outstanding DP World Tour fine during an interview on Sky Sports. The fine holds significance as it affects his eligibility for selection in this year’s Ryder Cup, which will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.
Garcia had refused to pay a £100,000 fine to the DP World Tour last season after leaving the tour to join LIV Golf. However, in a last-minute attempt to join Luke Donald’s team, the Spanish golfer offered to pay the fine along with other outstanding fines totaling over £700,000. A DP World Tour official also stated that Garcia is setting a European record at the Ryder Cup. The official also revealed that Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood, who also left the tour, have already paid their £100,000 fine. However, Garcia has yet to repay his fine. Even if the 43-year-old pays the fine, he will still face additional penalties and will not be eligible for selection until December.
Jon Rahm, another Spanish golfer, expressed his disagreement with the decision to exclude Garcia from the European Ryder Cup squad, labeling it as “stupid.” Garcia is the most successful player in Ryder Cup history, boasting 25 wins, 13 losses, and 7 1/2 wins in his career. Both Europe’s Nick Faldo and American Arnold Palmer closely follow Garcia on the all-time wins list, with 23 and 22 wins respectively.
The Sky Sports Golf Team discussed the selection of the European team for the Ryder Cup and analyzed their chances of success in the tournament. They emphasized how important Garcia’s experience is to the team, stating that everyone relies on him. Rahm echoed this sentiment, stating that Garcia is the best player in European history and his presence would be valuable. The team also mentioned José María Olazabal, another influential figure in European golf and a potential asset for the team.
The Solheim Cup, a women’s golf tournament, is also set to take place this September. Exclusive live coverage of the tournament can be watched on Sky Sports, with the Opening Ceremony scheduled for 21st September. Additionally, Sky Sports will provide live coverage of the Ryder Cup, starting from the Opening Day on 29th September at 6am. Viewers can also stream other golf events such as the PGA Tour, DP Tour, and more on Sky Sports.