Sergio Garcia is currently ranked 27 in the world after a top-10 finish in his first two events of 2019Saudi International, third round leaderboard-16 D Johnson (US), L Haotong (Chn); -11 T Lewis (Eng); -9 R Fox (NZ), A Levy (Fra); -8 R Fisher (Eng), JB Hansen (Den), S Hend (Aus), Z Lombard (SA), M Woo Lee (Aus) Other selected: -7 I Poulter (Eng); -6 C paisley (Eng); -5 M Jordan (Eng), A Rai (Eng); -4 L Johnston (Sco); -3 P Dunne (Ire), S Horsfield, R Rock Full scoreboard
Sergio Garcia was disqualified for the third round of the Saudi International due to serious misconduct.
The 2017 Masters champion posted a one-over 71, putting him on an equal footing, but then was told he was disqualified.
The 39-year-old Spaniard said in a statement: "I respect the decision.In frustration I damaged a few greens, for which I apologize."
Li Haotong shot a 62 to the lead to share with world number three Dustin Johnson, five shots free of Tom Lewis.
The 28-year old-old Englishman also shot a 62 to go to third place on 11-under and Australian Min Woo Lee climbed in the top 10 after shooting 63.
Garcia became the first player in the European Tour to be disqualified under Rule 1.2a, which states "players are expected to play in the spirit of the game by acting with integrity, taking into account others and good to take care of the course. "
The world number 27 landed in a bunker at the fourth hole and heard complaining about the way the bunker had been hired.
The nine Ryder Cup player added: "I have informed my fellow players that it will never happen again."