Garcia wins Andalusia Masters but why were fans unable to watch?
Sergio Garcia wins weather-delayed Andalusia Masters but golf fans unable to watch after Sky blackout
- Golf fans dismayed as Sky unable to show completion of Andalusia Masters
- Production trucks left on Sunday night for next week’s Turkish Airlines Open
- Home favourite Sergio Garcia won the event for the third time in his career
Sergio Garcia sealed a hat-trick of Andalusia Masters titles on Monday’s weather-delayed finish at Valderrama – but golf fans were unable to watch him clinch his four-shot victory on Sky Sports.
The broadcaster tweeted early on Monday that viewers would not be able to watch the end of the tournament ‘due to circumstances beyond our control’.
The European Tour production trucks, which are run in conjunction with IMG, left the course on Sunday night to embark on a 3,000 mile journey to next week’s Turkish Airlines Open.
Sergio Garcia won the Andalusia Masters for the third time in his career on Monday
Sly Sports were unable to broadcast the end of the weather-delayed tournament
The European Tour and IMG have been approached for comment, with IMG saying nobody is available.
It is believed that while they could have waited for the tournament in Spain to finish, it would have caused greater expense to get the trucks to Turkey in time for the competition that starts on November 1.
It was Sky who were left to bear the brunt of viewers’ frustrations on social media as Garcia, the tournament host, held off a late final round surge from Ireland’s Shane Lowry to win his 15th European Tour title.
‘Apologies, due to circumstances I won’t be able to pay my Sky bill this month,’ wrote one user on Twitter.
Production trucks had already left Valderrama for Turkey when Garcia sealed victory
Sky were left to bear the brunt of disgruntled golf fans on Twitter on Monday morning
Another said: ‘Very poor from Sky and @EuropeanTour. Garcia and Lowry going head to head and no coverage on tv.’
Stormy conditions in southern Spain shortened the tournament to three rounds and 54 holes before Garcia wrapped up his defence of the title on Monday, having first won the event in 2011.
Stormy conditions curtailed play on Sunday when Garcia had a three shot lead. A further three birdies and a bogey meant the 2017 Masters champion finished four shots ahead of second-place Lowry.
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