Garcia withdraws from BMW PGA, cites knee injury


Sergio Garcia's stay at the BMW PGA Championship was a brief one.

Garcia was one of only a few players to complete his opening round at Wentworth before a second stoppage of play for inclement weather, but the Spaniard withdrew after an opening 73, citing a knee injury.

Garcia was considered one of the favorites going into the week, with three top-10 finishes in his last five starts overall capped by a third-place showing earlier this month at The Players Championship. His record at Wentworth was also impressive, having finished fifth in 2000 and T-19 in his only other two appearances at this event (1999, 2013).

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The 34-year-old got off to a slow start, though, with bogeys on two of his first eight holes and Garcia played his first 17 holes without making a birdie. At 1 over, he trailed leader Thomas Bjorn by 11 shots when he signed his scorecard, with more than half the field still to complete the first round of play.

Garcia's withdrawal came nearly one year to the day after he embroiled himself in controversy with racially-charged comments about Tiger Woods at a European Tour awards dinner.