LIV Golfer Sergio Garcia has reversed his decision to quit the DP World Tour and hoped to play in next year’s Ryder Cup.
After this year’s St Andrews Open, Garcia said he would “probably” leave the European circuit because he “doesn’t feel loved at the moment”.
But in an interview with ESPN this week the former Masters champion said he had changed his mind with one eye on the Ryder Cup.
Watch LIVE coverage of The USPGA Tour with Fox Sports on Kayo. New to Kayo? Start your free trial now >
“Thanks to the things Jon Rahm has said and I’ve had some good conversations with the guys on Tour, I’m going to hold off (retiring),” Garcia said. “I want to at least see what happens when Ryder Cup qualifying starts. See what rules and capabilities they have there.
“If I agree with what they (are), I’ll definitely play as much as I can on the tour and try to qualify for that Ryder Cup team. And if not, we’ll move on. But it’s definitely something on my mind .”
Garcia already left the US PGA Tour earlier this year as part of the original group of defectors to join the Saudi-backed spinoff LIV Golf.
Despite retaining his membership of the DP World Tour, despite the organization banning dual members from a number of events as well as imposing hefty fines of at least £100,000 for every LIV tournament played.
However, the door is not completely closed for LIV Golf members to play for Europe at next year’s Ryder Cup in Europe.
Henrik Stenson was stripped of his team captaincy for signing with LIV Golf, which Garcia described as “a bit sad”.
A similar fate could still await players like Garcia, but the Spaniard does not intend to go quietly just yet.
Countryman Rahm, despite being a vocal critic of LIV Golf, doesn’t want Garcia kicked out.
“It doesn’t seem right to me that they (the DP World Tour) are turning their backs on him like that. And it is what it is. It’s not my decision and that he has to make that decision hurts me,” Rahm said.
“It’s a shame also because I know he wanted to play in Spain.” And he won’t be able to play either at the Spanish Open or Valderrama. And it bothers me even more that he can’t play the Ryder Cup.”
“Internet evangelist. Twitter fanatic. Hardcore entrepreneur. Incurable analyst. Extreme food junkie. Unapologetic tv maven. Reader.”