Why didn’t Ian Poulter and Sergio Garcia play in the Ryder Cup? LIV Golf Goods Explained

Why didn’t Ian Poulter and Sergio Garcia play in the Ryder Cup? LIV Golf Goods Explained

Ian Poulter and Sergio Garcia will be forced to watch the Ryder Cup from afar after the DP World Tour banned the rebels from LIV Golf – although Garcia failed in his late bid to return to the tournament

Sergio Garcia failed in his latest attempt to make the Ryder Cup team

The 2023 Ryder Cup will be the first tournament without the presence of European players Ian Poulter and Sergio Garcia since 2006, due to the horrific civil war in golf caused by the separatist LIV federation.

Poulter and Garcia were two of the first players to sign up for the rebel tour – funded by the bottomless pit of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund. Poulter is said to have been paid £22 million to take part, while Garcia’s payment was not disclosed. The decision sent shockwaves through the sport and had a major impact on the futures of both players. During the first round of the inaugural LIV Golf event in 2022, the PGA Tour suspended all LIV players, including Poulter and Garcia. Both men were later suspended by the DP World Tour and fined £100,000.

Although Poulter and Westwood agreed to pay the fine at the time, they are still not allowed on the DP World Tour until 2024, meaning they cannot enter events and qualify for the Ryder Cup .

Garcia attempted to challenge the decision, offering to pay a fine of £100,000 and additional fines of up to £700,000 – and offering to compete in DP World Tour events to gain eligibility. His offer was rejected by the DP World Tour. As a result, he and Poulter will be forced to watch this year’s Ryder Cup from afar, although the US team will still include Brooks Koepka – who was not a member of the DP World Tour to begin with.

Although known as Mr. Ryder Cup but Poulter didn’t seem too worried about missing out. Speaking to GQ earlier this summer, he admitted that he was wondering at Whistling Straits in 2021 whether he would represent Europe again.

He say:
“I made up. I won the singles match, I’m undefeated! It was an important moment for me. As hard as it was for Europe to lose this match, I wondered: Will I ever play another Ryder Cup match again? At age 47 or 49, am I too old? I definitely knew that before that singles match.

Poulter, however, wanted to be part of the European Ryder Cup team in some capacity, even throwing his hat into the ring to lead the team into the future.

“Hopefully in the future I can be part of a team at some point. Maybe I’m not playing, but if I can help out the captain or vice-captain – or just be there for the young guys who need a bit of support, because these are tough and stressful weeks. They are very strict. »

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