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While Sergio Garcia may be 10 years older than Rory McIlroy, the two have become good buddies over the years both on and off the golf course. Not only have they been partners in past Ryder Cups, but McIlroy was even a groomsman in the Spaniard’s wedding in 2017.
That friendship came to an abrupt end when Garcia elected to join LIV Golf. Despite him being the one that made the move to the Saudi-backed circuit, Garcia is blaming McIlroy and is lack of maturity for their friendship being no more.
“I think it is very sad,” Garcia told The Telegraph of McIlroy. “I think that we’ve done so many things together and had so many experiences that for him to throw that away just because I decided to go to a different tour, well, it doesn’t seem very mature; lacking maturity, really.”
“But Rory’s got his own life and he makes his own choices, the same way that I make mine. I respect his choices, but it seems like he doesn’t respect the ones I make. So a one-way street.”
Sergio And Rory Feud Is Real
While you could argue that Garcia complaining to the media about McIlroy’s immaturity is immature in its own right, the riff-raff between these two has been building since the moment Garcia made the jump to LIV.
McIlroy, arguably the loudest critic of LIV Golf, recently revealed that he had deleted Garcia’s phone number from his cellphone after he claimed that the 43-year-old told him to “shut up about LIV, blah, blah, blah.”
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Earlier this month McIlroy didn’t shy away from the confrontation, either. He was asked if he felt a need to reconcile things with Garcia with the Ryder Cup looming and McIlroy gave a one-word answer: “no.”
Depending on how things play out in an ongoing arbitration case involving LIV Golf and the DP World Tour, it’s conceivable that Garcia could earn a spot on the European Ryder Cup team which could lead to fireworks between the once-close friends.
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