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Sergio Garcia makes no excuses for Europe’s Ryder Cup loss

Sep 26, 2021; Haven, Wisconsin, USA; Team Europe player Sergio Garcia plays his shot from the second tee during day two four-ball rounds for the 43rd Ryder Cup golf competition at Whistling Straits. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 26, 2021; Haven, Wisconsin, USA; Team Europe player Sergio Garcia plays his shot from the second tee during day two four-ball rounds for the 43rd Ryder Cup golf competition at Whistling Straits. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Spain’s Sergio Garcia might have left the 43rd Ryder Cup as the all-time leading points-getter, but he made no excuses regarding his side’s 19-9 drubbing at the hands of the Americans last week at Whistling Straits.

Garcia didn’t sound like a golfer who, partnering with world No. 1 and fellow countryman Jon Rahm, secured three points for Team Europe.

“We just got outplayed, it’s as simple as that,” Garcia said Wednesday at the Country Club of Jackson in Jackson, Miss., where his attention turns to a title defense at the Sanderson Farms Championship.

“They played better than us and we gave it everything we had. So we can’t really ask ourselves for more.

“Obviously, we would have loved to do a little bit better and probably be a little bit sharper on those key moments where they were sharp and we were just a little bit off, and they took advantage of that. But other than that, it’s fine. I think the way I look at it — there were so many positive things coming out of it, even though we lost, that you just got to look at those things,” Garcia said.

The 41-year-old Garcia, No. 43 in the world rankings, won two foursomes matches and one four-ball match with Rahm, losing his Sunday singles match 3&2 against world No. 7 Bryson DeChambeau. The 10-time European Ryder Cup team member improved his overall record to 25-13-7 and increased his points total to 28.5.

“We all knew and I knew how good he is,” Garcia said of his partnership with Rahm, who went 3-1-1. “You don’t get to world No. 1 and do all the things he’s done just by luck or by chance.

“So, it was nice to be a part of it, it was nice to be his partner and kind of combine nicely between the two of us. I had a great time with him, he had a great time with me, we made a good team and hopefully we’ll be able to do it again sometime soon.”

Last year in his debut at the Sanderson Farms tournament, Garcia finished at 19-under 269 to beat Peter Malnati by one stroke. The 11-time Tour winner made eagle on the 14th hole in the final round to draw even Malnati, who had finished two hours prior, and made birdie on the 72nd hole for his first victory since the 2017 Masters.

Of note, Garcia had been struggling with his putting coming into the week in Mississippi and resorted to putting with his eyes closed, something he has done off and on since his Masters win.

Last season, Garcia finished T14 in the FedExCup standings, making 15 cuts in 24 starts and reaching the Tour Championship for the 11th time in his career.

–Field Level Media