Sergio Garcia was disqualified from the European Tour’s Saudi International.
Tour officials deemed the 39-year-old Spaniard had committed “serious misconduct” under new Rule 1.2a during the third round at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club.
Garcia had posted a one-over 71 and was well back of the leaders after opening with rounds of 69 and 70.
But according to reports, he was accused by fellow players of purposely hitting his putter into the greens during the round on a handful of holes, causing damage to the putting surfaces.
Officials decided Garcia’s actions were significant enough to warrant disqualification.
In a statement, Garcia said:
So far there has been no video evidence of Sergio destroying any greens.
This is all we can find.
It probably was something like that.
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