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Sergio Garcia to quit DP World Tour, Henrik Stenson to join, be stripped of Ryder Cup captaincy

Sergio Garcia said on Sunday he was set to quit the European Tour amid controversy over the Spaniard’s move to join controversial rebel series LIV Golf.

If Garcia, who holds the record for most points won in Ryder Cups, pulls out of the tour, he will miss out on the biennial clash between Europe and America.

“The reality is I’m so confident about what I’m doing on the DP World Tour, I might just leave it,” Garcia said after finishing the British Open at two-under-par.

“I want to play wherever I want. I love to feel loved and I’m not feeling loved right now on tour in Europe. Garcia was one of 24 players signed up to the LIV circuit this week to play in the 150th Open Championship at St Andrews.

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However, if LIV events are not awarded World Ranking Points, the way to play in the majors may soon be closed.

“If I don’t play the majors, I don’t play them. “Honestly, that doesn’t bother me that much,” Garcia said.

“It’s a shame not to play the Ryder Cup, but when I was playing, I wasn’t playing.”

The 42-year-old He ended his wait for a major win at the Masters in 2017, but saved his best for the Ryder Cup, where he was part of six European wins.

However, he said his decision to leave the tour was a clash with former Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn at the BMW International Open in June.

“Thomas Bjorn came to us at the BMW Championship and said, ‘Not all the players want you here,'” Garcia said.

“This is not good and I am at an age where I will not stand for such nonsense.”

Garcia’s comments came amid speculation that current Ryder Cup boss Henrik Stenson will join the LIV series and step down as captain.

The Swede has been regularly linked with tour frontman Greg Norman and Sky Sports reports he could be the latest big name to jump ship.

Stenson told reporters his schedule for the rest of the year was “indeterminate” after missing the cut at the St Andrews Open on Friday.

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