Ryder Cup Q&A: Europe's Sergio Garcia
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
MEDINAH, Ill. -- Sergio Garcia has had his ups-and-downs on the PGA Tour, but there has always been one constant in his career: He's nails at the Ryder Cup.
Sporting a 14-6-4 career record at the biennial event, Garcia earned his way onto the 2012 European squad with a solid 2012 season, including a big victory at the Wyndham Championship in August.
He visited with the media on Wednesday morning at Medinah Country Club, delving into everything from the course, to his play at Valhalla to the inspiration that is Seve Ballesteros . . .
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First time back since 2006; how many good memories and how much has the course changed since then?
"It has changed a little bit again. Personally I liked it better in '99. I thought it was a better course. But, I don't know, I guess this is kid of like the way it's going.
"Obviously, the course is playing different with much no rough. So there's not a lot of thinking when you get on the tee. You can pretty much it it nice and hard, and even if you miss, pretty much every time you'll have a shot."
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Your last Ryder Cup match was obviously the singles at Valhalla when you lost to Anthony Kim. Where would you say your game is now compared to then as a player?
"2008? I barely remember; Alzehimer's.
"I think it's different. 2008 obviously was a great year for me. Unfortunately, that Ryder Cup wasn't my best. The week before, I got sick and I was on antibiotics and stuff, so I wasn't feeling -- like my energy levels weren't great.
"This year it's different; I feel good. I feel pretty good about my game. Obviously there's still two days to go. But you know, we'll get going as the week goes on."
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How much of an inspiration do you think the Seve factor can be to you and to the rest of the European team?
"There's no doubt that it is going to be an inspiration. It's the first Ryder Cup without Seve around. So it's very emotional, there's no doubt about that. We all know how much he meant, not only to the game of golf, but to the Ryder Cup and to us.
"Hopefully he'll be up there watching -- I know he'll be up there watching and probably cheering us on quite hard."