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No college football this week, Sergio? LIV Golf defector Garcia makes it to day two in Chicago

Sergio Garcia managed to find his way to day two of a golf tournament this afternoon – arriving at LIV Golf’s Chicago Invitational just a week after missing out on the BMW PGA Championship in favor of a college football game in Texas.

Garcia left the PGA Tour – and many golf fans – furious last week when he failed to show up the morning after a four-over-par shoot at Wentworth, only to show up at a Longhorns game in Austin two days later.

He gave no reason for his absence and injuries do not appear to be an issue as he has now played two days in a row at the LIV Golf circuit following his retirement earlier this year.

The Spaniard was pictured signing autographs for young fans at Rich Harvest Farms in Illinois before taking to the course alongside his Fireballs GC teammates.

Garcia hit a level par 72 on the opening day of the Chicago Invitational yesterday, four shots better than his start in Wentworth in the BMW PGA last time out.

That’s perhaps another reason he’s showing up for Day 2, as well as the substantial money he’s being paid by the Saudi-backed Breakaway League.

His disappearance from the tournament in the UK last week came as a particular surprise as it was an opportunity for him to rack up world ranking points that he can’t win in LIV events.

He was suspended from the PGA Tour but refused to relinquish his membership on the DP World Tour when he defected to LIV Golf.

Garcia’s departure from Wentworth had already enraged PGA Tour officials, but then he shared a picture on his Instagram with his wife, Angela Adkins, from a Texas college football game on Saturday of the tournament back in Europe.

DP World Tour rules state that a player will be fined if they withdraw from an event without “necessary or medical circumstances deemed appropriate by the Tournament Director”.

Garcia has given the DP World Tour no reason to leave what is widely regarded as the flagship event on the calendar.

Garcia was one of 17 LIV golfers in the tournament and her presence was not welcomed by the majority of her rivals in England.

Rory McIlroy said before the event: “I hate what it (LIV) is doing to the game of golf. I hate it. I really do. It will be hard for me to go to Wentworth and see her there. It just doesn’t suit me.”

McIlroy was tied for second with John Rahm of Spain, with Shane Lowry winning by one shot.

‘I’m so happy. I honestly cannot put into words how happy I am, how much this means to me and how much I love this tour. I’m the happiest man in the world right now,” Lowry said.

“I wanted to go out and win this tournament for myself, but I think for this tour and everyone who’s been on this tour, I feel like this is a tour for the good guys.”

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