LIV Golf’s Sergio Garcia shows true colours minutes after failing to qualify for The Open.

By | July 3, 2024

LIV Golf’s Sergio Garcia shows true colours minutes after failing to qualify for The Open.

Sergio Garcia has failed to qualify for The open

Sergio Garcia showed his true colours after failing to qualify for The Open (Image: Getty)

Sergio Garcia might have missed out on qualifying for The Open but still made time for fans at West Lancashire Golf Club. Able to put his disappointment to one side for the time being, Garcia showed his humility by stopping to chat with fans and sign autographs after the event.

The Spaniard fired rounds of 71 and 70 in the final qualifying stage, finishing two shots off the marker that would have sealed a play-off spot. It means Garcia will not take part at Royal Troon later this month.

Naturally disappointed after his failure to qualify, Garcia might have been forgiven for making a quick dash for the exits. The 44-year-old had confronted officials during the qualifying event and might have wanted time to stew over his failure.

Instead, Garcia remained at the venue and was pictured chatting with fans and signing autographs. He spoke with young children and seemed in good spirits despite his disappointment in West Lancashire.

Garcia was furious with officials during the event after his group were handed a warning for slow play. He believed that the threat of a sanction made him rush his shots and contributed to his failure to qualify.

The 2017 Masters champion also felt that the decision to allow fans to roam the course meant that his group had to take their time before playing shots.

“The marshals were doing as good a job as they could do but we had to stop pretty much on every tee for two or three minutes because people were walking on the fairways,” Garcia reflected.

“Unless we wanted to start hitting people, we couldn’t hit. I don’t think they took that into account and that was unfortunate as it made us rush.

Sergio Garcia’s group were warned about their speed during the qualifying event (Image: Getty)

“On a day like today, where the conditions are so tricky, you might need a little bit of extra time. And because of that I made a couple of bogeys which might have cost me getting to Troon.”

He added: “I come here and I try my hardest to get into The Open,” he added. “It would be nice to make The Open my 100th Major, but it was tough conditions and sometimes things don’t go your way. I tried everything that I could and that’s all I can ask myself for.”

Garcia has become a divisive figure in golf for his decision to join the Saudi Arabian-backed LIV Golf tour in 2022.

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