Garcia would have given putt to Fowler in Ryder Cup
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Good-good at the Ryder Cup? Why not?
Having had the weekend to think about his much-talked-about, generous concession at the WGC-Accenture Match Play, Sergio Garcia said Tuesday at the Honda Classic that, presented the same circumstances he faced at Dove Mountain, he’d still give Rickie Fowler the 18-footer he conceded to him on the seventh hole of their third-round match.
What if the same situation presented itself in the Ryder Cup, Garcia was asked?
“Yeah, I probably would have done it, too,” he said. “You shouldn’t change because it’s the Match Play, the Accenture Match Play, or the Ryder Cup. I think at the end of the day, we all have a great opportunity to be role models to a lot of guys, a lot of kids and a lot of people, and you should be like that every time you have the chance.”
Against Fowler, Garcia, 2 up through five holes, said he felt guilty about taking too long to take not one, but two drops away from bees greenside on the sixth hole. Garcia would save par; Fowler subsequently missed an 8-footer for birdie after the long interruption. So on the next hole, with Fowler 18 feet away from the hole for par and Garcia about 7, the Spaniard offered a concession. “Good-good?” he asked a surprised Fowler.
Fowler accepted, and eventually won the match, 1 up.
“This is the way my dad taught me to play the game of golf,” Garcia said. “I think that winning is important, but playing the game the right way, it’s even more important to me.”
This week, Garcia is playing the Honda Classic for the first time since 2010.
“I think it’s one of the most sought-after golf courses we play all year, and it’s good to be back,” he said.