Sergio Garcia will not be part of Team Europe in Rome It is official, El Nino will not take the field in the 2023 edition of the Ryder Cup. This is bad news for Team Europe fans. Sergio Garcia Fernandez is the player who holds the record for points scored, 28 and a half in ten appearances.
Even when he was not going through periods of great form, wearing the colors of Europe he transformed himself. But it’s not just a question of technique. Sergio has always been a great team man. The team is in the moment of the generational transition.
Sergio Garcia, Ryder Cup
Jon Rahm is the natural candidate to become the new team leader, by technique and by age (27 years). In the team that returned with broken bones from Whistling Straits three rookies took the field, Wiesberger, Lowry and Hovland (the only one of the three who is less than 30 years old).
Among the other European boys, the only other young man is Matt Fitzpatrick (28 years old). The US team that took to the field on the shores of Lake Michigan had 8 players under the age of thirty. It is clear that Team Europe must work for the future.
In a recent screening, published by nationalclubgolfer.com, the players qualified for ranking would be Shane Lowry, Rory McIlroy, Robert MacIntyre, Danny Willett, Guido Migliozzi and Sepp Straka. A team with many young people, waiting for the Captain’s picks, where a team man would certainly be needed.
But, as mentioned, Sergio will not be there. And not for the reason many of you have thought about. It will not be the ban for LIV Golf players (however not yet certain for European players) to prevent him from taking the field.
European players,. to be eligible to be part of Ryder’s team, they must compete in at least four events on the European Tour calendar in the relevant season. One of the four must be held in their country of origin. Garcia, in order to respect this constraint, having not participated in the Spanish Open (won by Jon Rahm), would have necessarily had to take part in the Mallorca Open.
Registration closed last Friday. But Sergio did not sign up. The Mallorca Open overlaps with the final LIV Golf event to be held at Trump National Doral, where the Spaniard will take the field to lead the Fireballs GC. It is easy to think that the driving force behind his choice is the prize money.
But in the decision to foreclose access to the Ryder Cup, a competition he has always loved, I read a deeper malaise. The relationship with the DP World Tour has gradually cracked, and this is the extreme consequence. When do we go back to talking about golf (and that’s it)?