Garcia not hopeful for Spain's World Cup chances

Sergio Garcia is not hopeful for Spain after its opening 5-1 loss to the Netherlands on Friday in the World Cup.
Sergio Garcia is not hopeful for Spain after its opening 5-1 loss to the Netherlands on Friday in the World Cup. ( Getty Images )

Saturday, June 14, 2014

PINEHURST, N.C. – Sergio Garcia No. 1 love is not golf, but soccer.

With the World Cup down in Brazil, Garcia followed the disaster that was Spain losing to the Netherlands, 5 -1, on Friday.

It was a rematch of the last World Cup finale.

“it was very disappointing, obviously,” Garcia said.

“I did have a feeling coming into this World Cup, and I said it to a lot of my friends, that I didn't like the way the team felt, mainly because we have a lot of players from Barcelona, and they didn't really perform that well this year in Barcelona.”

Now Spain will likely struggle to get into the Round of 16, probably needing two wins in the group to advance. It’s a position that Garcia knows is very difficult.

“You could say it's kind of like a similar start to 2010 but it's not because when we lost to Switzerland, we could have won 4‑1,” Garcia said.

“Here we lost 5‑1 and we could have lost 7‑2. You know, the feeling is totally different. We'll see what happens, but hopefully we'll have a couple good games and get lucky with the results and see if we can get into the Round of 16. I hope I'm wrong, but I don't see – the way the guys looked, I don't see us going very far into the competition."

As for Sergio's high-profile week? He's T-35 in the U.S. Open after a third-round 72 Saturday at Pinehurst.