Sergio Garcia to skip next playoff event
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – He could win for a second straight week, but Sergio Garcia has let it be known that it definitely won’t be three in a row. That’s because he has decided to skip next week’s second playoff event, the Deutsche Bank Championship outside of Boston.
No surprise, he cited a need for rest.
“Everybody knows how important the Ryder Cup is for me and I want to be fully fit there,” Garcia told PGA Tour officials after shooting 3-under 68 to get into a share of the second-round lead with Nick Watney at The Barclays. “I need to take a week off somewhere.”
Garcia played in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, then the PGA Championship before going to Greensboro, N.C., where he won last week’s Wyndham Championship. He’s in the thick of things again this week. The upcoming schedule goes to the Deutsche Bank Championship, then to Carmel, Ind., for the BMW Championship before the tour builds in a week off.
The Tour Championship (Sept. 20-23) and Ryder Cup (Sept. 28-30) round out a hectic stretch.
By skipping the DBC, it means Garcia will play seven of nine weeks, but he insists there weren’t many options.
“I have to think that I have a chance at getting into the Tour Championship (the top 30 in the FedEx Cup standings will qualify, and he entered this week 33rd), so playing six weeks in a row, then a week off and then the Tour Championship and the Ryder Cup is just too much.”
That it’s a playoff event, and one in which he has played four times and recorded one top 10 and two top 20s, made for a difficult decision, he said.
“I’m going to be disappointed,” Garcia said. “I know I will lose some ground in the FedEx Cup . . . but unfortunately, I have to take a rest somewhere.”
Garcia becomes the second high-profile player to skip a playoff tournament. Jason Dufner, who was second in the FedEx Cup standings in the regular season, opted out of this week’s Barclays.