Sergio Garcia gripes "I can't wait to leave this tour", looks set to join Saudi Tour

The Spaniard is not un-used to controversy and he was at it again in round one at TPC Potomac.

A chuntering Sergio Garcia was caught dropping bad-tempered hints of his future by television in the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship.

The Spaniard was furious that, following a poor shot into deep rough, his timing for the search was started before he joined the hunt for the ball.

As he trudged through the grass he was heard muttering: "I can't wait to leave this tour. I can't wait to get out of here.

"Just a couple more weeks and I don't have to deal with you any more."

It had been widely assumed that it was an inadvertent admission that he will be playing the LIV Golf International Series event in London next month.

He refused to talk to the media for clarification after signing for a 3-under 67.

The comments were widely discussed on social media and Garcia drew plenty of mockery.

Whether the PGA Tour, or PGA Tour players, take such a light-hearted tone is another question.

It is the latest, in a long line, of tawdry tales to emerge from players aligned with the new venture.

Phil Mickelson flirted with the project before revealing he was doing so for personal reasons, in a bid to gain leverage over the PGA Tour.

He also referred to the Saudis as "scary motherf*ckers".

Charley Hoffman made a throwaway comment and Lee Westwood was criticised by Andrew Coltart for being tone deaf; to be philandering with a group bandying around vast amounts of money around in the current economic climate.

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