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Jon Rahm: I will miss Sergio Garcia at the Ryder Cup

Jon Rahm is a golf historian as well as a major champion, but his chance to write a longer chapter in Europe’s Ryder Cup timeline with Sergio Garcia is gone – and he isn’t happy about it

 

Jon Rahm’s opinion on the Ryder Cup has always been completely clear – the best players must play regardless of what tour they represent.

Unfortunately for the Spaniard, this is not the reality and this means what could’ve been a memorable and successful partnership with LIV Golf player Sergio Garcia will never flourish.

Garcia has resigned his membership after being fined by the DP World Tour and was told by the European captain Luke Donald his Ryder Cup future was over – and this has saddened Rahm.

“I’m going to miss him,” Rahm said at the Memorial Tournament. “I’m going to miss him. A Spanish duo in the Ryder Cup I think to me is embedded into the roots of the Ryder Cup.

“Look with Seve and Ollie were able to do throughout their partnership.

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“It’s a little sad to me that politics have gotten in the way of such a beautiful event. Again, it’s the best Europeans against the best American, period.

“And whatever is going on, who is playing LIV and who is not playing LIV to me shouldn’t matter.

“It’s whoever is best suited to represent the European side. And I have a hard time believing that the best player Europe has ever had, the most successful player Europe has had on the Ryder Cup isn’t fit to be on the team.”

After being one of a handful of players to be sanctioned for playing in LIV’s first event in June 2022, Garcia gave up his playing rights in Europe along with Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, and Henrik Stenson.

The 43-year-old became the event’s record points scorer in 2018 – the first time he shared a European Ryder Cup team dressing room with his young apprentice.

At the 2021 Ryder Cup, the Spanish duo harnessed the heritage of Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal to earn maximum points while playing together at Whistling Straits.

Things are slightly different on the US side. As long as players such as Brooks Koepka are members of the PGA of America, they are allowed to compete for Zach Johnson’s team in Italy.

Koepka propelled himself to second in America’s team rankings after winning the PGA Championship – along with a runner-up finish to Rahm at the Masters tournament.

Rahm is set to make his third consecutive appearance for Europe at Marco Simone in September, where Europe will look to keep an unbeaten record at home that stretches back to 1997.

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Matt Chivers

Matt Chivers

Now on the wrong side of 25, Matt has been playing golf since the age of 13 and was largely inspired to take up the game by countless family members who played golf during his childhood.

Matt is a member at Royal Cinque Ports in Deal playing off a 5 handicap, just a pitching wedge away from his hometown of Dover where he went to school and grew up. He has previously been a member at Etchinghill and Walmer and Kingsdown in Kent.

Having studied history at the University of Liverpool, Matt went on to pass his NCTJ Exams in Manchester a year later to fulfil his lifelong ambition of becoming a journalist. He picked up work experience along the way at places such as the Racing Post, the Independent, Sportsbeat and the Lancashire Evening Post.

Matt joined NCG in February 2023 and is the website’s main source of tour news, features and opinion. He has reported live from events such as The Open, the Ryder Cup and The Players Championship, having also interviewed and spoken to the likes of Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood, Lee Westwood, Graeme McDowell, Henrik Stenson, to name just a few.

Consuming tour golf on what is a 24/7 basis, you can come to Matt for informed views on the game and the latest updates on the PGA Tour, DP World Tour, LPGA Tour, Ladies European Tour and LIV Golf.

What’s in Matt’s bag: Cobra LTDx LS driver, Cobra LTDx 3-wood, TaylorMade P7MC irons, Ping Glide 4.0 wedges, Odyssey putter.

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