The BMW PGA Championship has been reduced to 54 holes following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, but long-time DP World Tour guides Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose won’t be playing it this weekend.
Both players withdrew before taking the course on Saturday morning.
Rose, who shot a first-round 73, cited a back injury as a reason to pull out of the DP World Tour’s main event.
Garcia gave no reason to withdraw after a first-round 4-over 76, but he was spotted in Austin, Texas on Saturday morning ahead of the Longhorns’ showdown against Alabama.
Full field results from the BMW PGA Championship
The Spaniard has had his fair share of drama on his home tour this summer after opting to join LIV Golf, resigning his DP World Tour membership and consequently threatening his Ryder Cup eligibility.
Garcia said this after his experience at the Open Championship in St Andrews.
“I’m clear about what I’m going to do with the European circuit, maybe leave it,” Garcia said. “I want to play where I feel like it, and right now I don’t feel like it on the European Tour. I’m very happy with what I’ve got, and I try to enjoy it. I play less and spend more time at home,” he said.
After a week to think about it, Garcia opted to keep his DP World Tour membership.
“I’m going to continue now. [resigning DPWT membership]” explained Garcia. “At least I want to see what happens when the Ryder Cup qualifiers start, see what rules and qualifications are there. If I agree with them [are]I will definitely continue to play my best on the tour and try to qualify for the Ryder Cup team. If not, we will continue. But it’s definitely something that’s on my mind.
Garcia has no more scheduled appearances on the DP World Tour in 2022 and will play the fifth LIV Golf event next week at Rich Harvest Farms in Chicago.
Ryan Fox, Christopher Broberg and Nino Bertacio have withdrawn from the BMW PGA.