Garcia blames players, not Clarke

Sergio Garcia has revealed the the blame should lie with the players, not captain Darren Clarke, for this year's Ryder Cup loss.

Team Europe headed to Hazeltine arguably as the favourites to defend their title, but were outclassed 17-11 last month.

"In the European team, we never criticise our captains," the world number 14 told Sky Sports. 

"It doesn't matter if they are good or bad – the captain can do everything right – if the players don't play well enough.

"The Ryder Cup just comes down to playing well that week and making more putts than your opponent and we've been fortunate to do that for a while now and this year, they were a little bit better than us."

Garcia himself featured in a scintillating singles match against Phil Mickelson, where the veterans traded blows to eventually share the point. 

"It was a great game," recollected the Spaniard.

“Unfortunately it didn't matter, as harsh as that might sound. It was a great match, we both made a lot of birdies, made very few mistakes. 

"It was exciting to go birdie after birdie after birdie at each other. It's the sort of match you remember and it was a great half in the end I guess."

Looking to the future, Garcia believes the standard of golf in Europe is high so there is no need to change anything. He also opened up about who would likely lead the team at Le Golf National in 2018.

"The important thing is we don't panic now," continued Garcia.  

"We've won eight of the last 11 so we're doing something right. Maybe a little change here or there, but there shouldn't be major changes because we've been very successful.

"The next in line are Paul Lawrie, Thomas Bjorn and probably Miguel Angel Jimenez. They are three great choices, three great men. They've been part of the Ryder Cup for a long time. At the moment I'm not thinking about it. I want to play in many more. I'm still in great shape and playing good golf."