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Legal threat over European Money list

Spanish golf sensation Sergio Garcia faces being the centre of a legal battle after Scottish golfer Alastair Forsyth failed to retain his European Player’s card over the weekend, it was reported on Monday.

Only the top 115 finishers at the end of the season keep their card and Forsyth finished 116th after last weekend's Italian Open.

But now Forsyth’s manager Ian Doyle is threatening legal action after Garcia was credited with playing in 11 Tour tournaments this season – the minimum required by the European Tour to keep his membership.

According to Doyle, Garcia only played in 10 tournaments and should be stripped of his playing card, allowing Forsyth to move up one place to 115th.

Garcia has been credited with the American Express Championship in St Louis which was cancelled following the Sept 11 terrorist attacks. That credit gave him 11 tournaments.

If the event was not counted then Garcia would be taken off the Order of Merit and everyone below him would move up one place, making Forsyth safe in 115th.

Doyle told the BBC: “We all understand and appreciate the circumstances surrounding the cancellation of the Amex but Garcia has profited out of it by the Tour allowing the cancelled event to count towards the 11 he must play.

“He has had ample opportunity to play an 11th tournament. We feel it is unfair that a top player is getting the benefit of the doubt from the Tour.


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