Garcia: Saudi disqualification not the example I want to set

Having been disqualified from the Saudi International for "serious misconduct", Sergio Garcia expressed his regret and a desire to move on.

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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.

The 2017 Masters champion was guilty of "serious misconduct" after damaging more than one green in frustration while shooting a one-over 71 in the third round. 

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.

He took to Instagram to address the issue, which he hopes to put behind him.

"Happy to be in my first PGA Tour event of the season and have my brother on the bag again this year," he wrote.

"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.

"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.

"Thanks for all the support."

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