Garcia hails European camaraderie
Sergio Garcia is playing his eighth Ryder Cup this week, so it is fair to say the Spaniard knows a thing or two about what goes on behind closed doors in fostering that famous European team spirit.
At Hazeltine National Golf Club the Spaniard will take on a senior role as Darren Clarke attempts to bed six rookies into his side, and the players already seem to be getting on well both in the team room and on the course.
When asked in his Tuesday morning press conference about the perception that the camaraderie within the European team is better than it is within the American locker room, Sergio highlighted the role the European Tour plays in that.
“I think probably it has to do with the European Tour,” he said.
“I think that our Tour, it's a lot closer between the players. I think that when you come out on the European Tour, you share rooms with players and things like that. That doesn't really happen here on the PGA Tour.
“So I think you build more relationships on the European Tour. Don't get me wrong, I think that the PGA Tour is a great Tour. Obviously it's amazing. But it's a little bit, I would say, less personal than the European Tour might be. So I think that’s probably one of the reasons why our relationships are easier to build and cultivate into strong bonds.”
Garcia is a self-confessed Ryder Cup fan who relishes the biennial match play contest more than most, with his strong record in the competition backing up that passion.
So it came as little surprise that the 36 year old had something to say about recent comments made by American pundit and former Ryder Cup player Johnny Miller, who described the 2016 European team as ‘the worst they’ve had in many years.’
“Yeah, they are pretty much motivating factors,” he said.
“Obviously everybody has opinions - we all have one. So everybody's allowed to have their own opinion, and that's what they think, and that's great for them. But we know what we have and that's the most important thing for us.
“So at the end of the day, you don't win Ryder Cups with your mouth, you know. You win them out there on the golf course. So that's what we'll see, which team is the best.”