Garcia riding on Spain’s football joy
Sergio Garcia smiled and laughed as he posed for photographs in a Spain football shirt at St Andrews.
Sergio Garcia smiled and laughed as he posed for photographs in a Spanish World Cup football shirt at St Andrews.
But now the question is – how long will the happy face last?
Eighteen months ago Garcia was world number two. He even teed off in a tournament with a chance to go to number one.
Now he is ranked 44th and in his last two tournaments in Europe he has not even made the halfway cut. That has never happened to him before as a professional.
An ever-present face in Ryder Cup matches ever since he became the youngest-ever player to make it at 19 in 1999, he is in severe danger of not making this year’s side.
But at least the World Cup – and Rafael Nadal’s Wimbledon victory – has given him something to shout and scream about.
“I definitely felt we had a good chance,” he said. “We had a great team, the confidence was up.
“There’s no doubt that losing to Switzerland was a wake-up call, but it made sure we were even more focused.
“Winning The Open would be awesome – the icing on the cake. I’m going to do my best – I love this tournament and the crowds and I’m hoping I can get back into my form.
“The successes we have had definitely helps. You are on a high and happy for your country, but at the end of the day I have to go out there and perform myself.”
Asked if a double bogey on the first hole on Thursday would be the golfing equivalent of the defeat to Switzerland in Spain’s opening group game, Garcia said: “If I finish with three eagles and win by one that’ll be fine.”
He is still chasing his first major, of course, three years after losing a play-off to Padraig Harrington at Carnoustie and two years after coming second to the Irishman again at the US PGA.
On this day in 2008: Ryder Cup misery in Louisville for Nick Faldo’s Europe
Faldo was heavily criticised for his tactics in the closing singles.
Lucas Glover edges past Patrick Cantlay to claim back-to-back Tour wins
Glover, 43, ultimately claimed victory with a par on the 18th hole playoff after Cantlay found water off the tee.
Lilia Vu wins second major as Charley Hull comes up short despite stunning eagle
American Vu added the Women’s Open title to her Chevron Championship.
Lucas Glover holds onto lead in Memphis with Tommy Fleetwood two strokes behind
Glover said it was a scrappy day but he got ‘a lot out of’ what he had.
Charley Hull shares lead with Lilia Vu heading into final day of Women’s Open
The pair are nine under for the tournament.
On This Day in 2007 – Tiger Woods claims 13th major with victory in Oklahoma
The world number one successfully defended his US PGA Championship title.
Ally Ewing out to emulate Brian Harman with Open win
The pair share their southern roots, passion for hunting and college teams named the Bulldogs.
Ally Ewing storms clear during second round of AIG Women’s Open at Walton Heath
At 10 under par Ewing enjoyed a five-shot lead over compatriot Andrea Lee and Japan’s Minami Katsu.
Jordan Spieth leads by one after first round of FedEx St Jude Championship
England’s Tommy Fleetwood and Aaron Rai are the best of the British contingent, closing out Thursday on four under par.
Rory McIlroy delighted with Tiger Woods’ role on PGA Tour’s policy board
Woods, 47, has not played since withdrawing from April’s Masters and concedes his playing opportunities will be extremely limited going forward.