February 2, 2019 / 2:16 PM / 15 days ago

Garcia disqualified from Saudi International for damaging greens

FILE PHOTO - 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National - Guyancourt, France - September 30, 2018 Team Europe's Sergio Garcia reacts during the singles REUTERS/Paul Childs

(Reuters) - Former U.S. Masters champion Sergio Garcia was disqualified during the Saudi International third round on Saturday for intentionally damaging the greens at the Royal Greens Golf and Country Club in King Abdullah Economic City.

Garcia apologised in a statement posted on the European Tour website. here.html

“I respect the decision of my disqualification,” he said. “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.”

The European Tour confirmed the Spaniard had been as disqualified under Rule 1.2a, which allows blanket disqualification for serious misconduct.

Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; editing by Ken Ferris

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