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16 February 2019 06:30

‘I received some very emotional, personal news earlier that week that didn’t help,’ Garcia told the Golf Channel.

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Rory McIlroy labels Sergio Garcia's Saudi tantrum 'not acceptable'

The Spaniard was disqualified from the Saudi International after he damaged five greens at the Royal Greens Golf and Country Club, while he was also seen lashing out at a bunker. The news didn't go down well with his fellow players, with two-time Major winner Brooks Koepka urging the 39-year-old to "grow up". Garcia has since returned to the course this week to tee up at the Genesis Open, where he explained the incident and reasons behind it. 'I received some very emotional, personal news earlier that week that didn't help,' Garcia told the Golf Channel. 'It was a mix of some emotional and personal things going on and a little frustration with the greens.

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Rory McIlroy slams pal Sergio Garcia for Saudi meltdown

Garcia's Thursday round at the Genesis Open was cancelled due to bad weather (Picture: Getty) Garcia is yet to tee off at the Genesis Open this week due to bad weather, but he is hoping to improve on his T-49 finish from the last time he played the event in 2017. Rory McIlroy believes Sergio Garcia's latin temperament is no excuse for his shocking Saudi Arabia meltdown and encouraged his Ryder Cup team-mate to use the golf course as his "sanctuary". It's not acceptable," McIlroy said at this week's weather-delayed Genesis Open in Los Angeles. Garcia has been apologising to his peers in person and admitted that US Open and US PGA champion Brooks Koepka was right to say the Saudi incident was "Sergio acting like a child." Over an inch of rain hit Riviera Country Club yesterday and PGA Tour officials cancelled the first round scores with the afternoon wave featuring Garcia, McIlroy, Tiger Woods and Seamus Power facing a long wait. "They're all tough golf courses, but we were lucky on The Links today because the wind wasn't very strong," said O'Briain, who finished the day three shots behind Riekus Nortje, who shot a 63 on the Montagu.

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At the ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth, Michael Hoey credited coach Seamus Duffy for getting his swing back into the groove as he opened with a four-under 68 to share fifth place heading into this morning's second round. Rory McIlroy has called Sergio Garcia outburst and subsequent disqualification at the Saudi International earlier this month unacceptable and urged him to find "sanctuary" on the golf course. Garcia was disqualified in the third round after intentionally damaging the greens at the Royal Greens Golf and Country Club, and the Spaniard apologised this week saying he had not channelled his emotions correctly. "It doesn't matter where you're from, it's not acceptable," McIlroy told reporters at the Genesis Open when it was put to him that Garcia's Spanish temperament may have been responsible for his tantrum. Only half the field made it to the tee at the weather-hit Genesis Open in Los Angeles on Thursday, with American Jordan Spieth and South Korean Sung Kang sharing the lead.

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Garcia was 11 days and 8,000 miles removed from Saudi Arabia when he began an effort to repair his reputation at Riviera Country Club. "I've obviously had some time to reflect, and want to again say I'm sorry to my fans and fellow competitors. What happened is not an example I want to set, and it's not who I truly am," he wrote in an Instagram post Tuesday. "I am an emotional player and while I believe that's one of my biggest strengths, it's also one of my biggest flaws. I'm focused on working hard to channel that emotion the correct way and to be the best me, learn from it and move forward." The noteworthy fact is not that Garcia waited 11 days after the DQ to apologize, but that it came only hours after he first reappeared in a locker room with his peers.

"I received some very emotional, personal news earlier that week that didn't help. As I became frustrated on the course everything erupted," Garcia told Golf Channel. Perhaps European Tour CEO Keith Pelley was aware of the personal situation Garcia faces and opted for compassion when he declared the matter closed. Sergio Garcia admitted he sometimes lets his emotions get the better of him after the Spaniard's behaviour came under the spotlight following his disqualification from the Saudi International. Garcia faced no further consequences after being kicked out of the tournament and the 39-year-old will return to action at the Genesis Open in Los Angeles this week. "I've obviously had some time to reflect and want to again say I'm sorry to my fans and fellow competitors. "I am an emotional player and while I believe that's one of my biggest strengths, it's also one of my biggest flaws. "I'm focused on working hard to channel that emotion the correct way and to be the best me, learn from it and move forward. Ms Meirelles later posted a now-deleted apology before reposting Vogue Brazil's statement and saying she wanted to learn from her mistakes. Critics claimed the party was inspired by Brazilian slave colonies, and used the black women as "photo props." Shelby Ivey Christie said: "Vogue Brazil's Style Director Donata Meirelles had a very disgusting 50th birthday party theme last night Julia Segarra added: "Donata Meirelles, director of @VogueBRoficial had a luxurious party with the theme Brazil Slave Colony. Orlando Bloom sure knows how to make his leading lady feel special on Valentine's Day. In case you missed the big news, the Hollywood actor celebrated the romantic holiday by proposing to Katy Perry. They have discussed getting engaged but Katy did not think it was going to happen so soon," a source shared with E! "Orlando proposed to Katy in private just the two of them after their Valentine's Day dinner celebration." She said 'Yes' when beau Orlando Bloom surprised her with a proposal party in front of her family and friends on Valentine's Day. They know what they want: Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom reportedly want to 'prioritize having children' following their surprise engagement on Thursday The source continued that she would be 'slowing down her career this year' to put her personal life first. 'They [Katy and Orlando] both want kids together and will prioritize this.' 'Katy was very surprised and shaking with happiness,' an insider told People on Friday They added: the couple 'want to get married and start a family sooner rather than later.' Plans: 'They [Katy and Orlando] both want kids together and will prioritize this' The couple 'want to get married and start a family sooner rather than later' Katy captioned the image, writing: 'Full bloom.' Orlando shared the same snap, writing: 'Lifetimes.' The singer's mother, Mary Hudson, broke the news of the engagement on Facebook, sharing images of the emotional proposal and captioning them with: 'look who got engaged last night'. Changing her priorities: The source continued that she would be 'slowing down her career this year' to put her personal life first 'Orlando had planned the whole thing – a party with friends and family, Valentine's themed decorations and matching hoodies for guests.' Meredith collects data to deliver the best content, services, and personalized digital ads. Even if you choose not to have your activity tracked by third parties for advertising services, you will still see non-personalized ads on our site.