Just over twenty days have passed since the news of the resignation from the DP World Tour of the players who made the history of Team Europe. One of them is Sergio Garcia, the Ryder Cup points record holder. In these days his name is back in the limelight because the Spaniard managed to qualify for the U.S.
Open, which will be held from June 15 to 18 at the Los Angeles Country Club, winning one of the eight places available at the final stage held at the Northwood Club and Bent Tree Country Club in Dallas. In an interview released in the days before the LIV Golf event taking place at Trump National Washington D.C., Garcia revealed a detail, which I find very significant, regarding his resignation as a member of the European Tour.
Sergio Garcia, statements
Before making the painful decision to abandon the Tour, Sergio had a chat with the Captain of Team Europe, Luke Donald. “I spoke to him two or three weeks ago” “I had some decisions to make about the DP World Tour, and I wanted to know what my chances were compared to the Ryder Cup” “Luke is my good friend, but I wanted him to be honest with me and tell me the truth” “He basically told me I didn't have a chance, and that made the decision easier for me to make” "It was sad, not only because of my history in Ryder, but also because, with the way I'm playing, I could have had a chance (for a place among the picks, NDR)" “I was excited for the chance to play with Jon (Rahm, NDR) again, and I know he was too” "Unfortunately, it looks like that won't happen, at least for now." The Americans are leaving the doors to Team USA open to LIV players (again yesterday, Seth Vaugh, the CEO of the PGA of America, stated that there will be no problem if Brooks Koepka earns his place on the Team).
Europeans, for their part, are doing the exact opposite, closing those doors. It's something I really don't understand. Can anyone explain it to me?