Rahm: Excluding Garcia from Ryder Cup ‘stupid’

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The 2023 Ryder Cup is approaching but one player who will not be there is Sergio Garcia; compatriot Jon Rahm has given his take on the decision; watch every day of the gripping Europe vs USA tournament live on Sky Sports from September 29 to October 1 in Rome

Last Updated: 14/09/23 8:26am

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Shane Lowry hits back at the critics who questioned his selection as a captain’s pick for this year’s Ryder Cup and tells the rookies involved to enjoy it and be themselves

Shane Lowry hits back at the critics who questioned his selection as a captain’s pick for this year’s Ryder Cup and tells the rookies involved to enjoy it and be themselves

Jon Rahm believes the decision to leave out Sergio Garcia from Team Europe at the Ryder Cup is “stupid”.

Garcia, like all other players who left the DP World Tour (formerly known as the European Tour) for the Saudi-backed LIV Golf, was omitted from captain Luke Donald’s playing team.

He has the most wins in Ryder Cup history, becoming a vice-captain for the European squad, and has 25 victories, 13 losses and seven halves in his career. Europe’s Nick Faldo (23 victories) and the USA’s Arnold Palmer (22) rank next on the all-time wins list.

“I think it would be really stupid of anybody not to lean on Sergio Garcia’s experience in the Ryder Cup,” said Rahm. “I mean, he is the best player Europe has ever had, won the most points and has shown it time and time again.

“If he were able to be a vice-captain, I absolutely would lean on him. Same as we are going to lean on (Jose Maria Olazabal) this coming Ryder Cup, right.”

Europe's Ryder Cup stars are all in action at the BMW PGA Championship, the flagship event of the DP World Tour calendar, with extended coverage live on Sky Sports Golf

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Europe’s Ryder Cup stars are all in action at the BMW PGA Championship, the flagship event of the DP World Tour calendar, with extended coverage live on Sky Sports Golf

Europe’s Ryder Cup stars are all in action at the BMW PGA Championship, the flagship event of the DP World Tour calendar, with extended coverage live on Sky Sports Golf

Addressing the potential Ryder Cup playing careers of Garcia and English golfers Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood, who all defected to LIV, Rahm said, “When it comes to the game and all those players being able to be back, it’s been a difficult time.

“Obviously things have changed a little bit. I wouldn’t know how to answer because we are going to have to see if it’s possible or not, right?

Team Europe captain Luke Donald's 12 man Ryder Cup team is complete - meet the golfers looking to win back the trophy

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Team Europe captain Luke Donald’s 12 man Ryder Cup team is complete – meet the golfers looking to win back the trophy

Team Europe captain Luke Donald’s 12 man Ryder Cup team is complete – meet the golfers looking to win back the trophy

“I would like to see it, but unfortunately we’ve seen some of those players give up their (DP World) Tour status where that’s no longer a possibility. So I would like to see it but we don’t know what the future holds, right? I think with this agreement or this possible union between the PGA Tour, DP World and PIF might change things a little bit.”

Watch the BMW PGA Championship throughout the week live on Sky Sports. Live coverage begins on Thursday with Featured Groups from 8.30am ahead of full coverage from midday on Sky Sports Golf.

Live coverage from the opening day of the Ryder Cup begins on Friday September 29 from 6am on Sky Sports Golf, while live programming begins on Monday September 25. Stream the PGA Tour, DP Tour, Ryder Cup and more with NOW.

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