After a four-year wait, Sergio Garcia finally copped a victory at the Wyndham Championship last Monday in North Carolina. This gave the Spanish golfer a spot on the Ryder Cup team of Europe. Play was stopped at Sedgefield Country Club due to thunderstorms. At this point Garcia held a one-shot lead after only four holes. However he ended with a four-under-66 during the last round, giving Garcia a total of 18-under, which was two shots ahead of Tim Clark.
The solid effort of the Spaniard earned him a place in the European team for the event set to be held from September 28 to 30. His spot was guaranteed after he secured his eighth victory at the PGA Tour. The last time the Spaniard earned a place in the European team was in 2008.
Garcia indicated that he was in a similar situation last year where he needed to finish strong in order to get a spot in the British Open, which was his favorite tournament. He nearly won in Germany and was able to join the British Open. He is hoping that his strong finish in the recent event will guarantee his spot in the team.
The victory allowed Garcia to go past Ian Poulter in the tenth automatic spot in the biennial event. He was a part of five Ryder Cup teams and was a part of three teams that won the event.
The last time Garcia joined the tournament, he was a co-leader in the third round before he faltered and finished fourth in the event. This year, Garcia was at one-under in the final round before play was halted and used a combination of bogeys and birdies at the back nine to cop the victory.
Following the par-three on the 12th, the Spaniard got three straight birdies from the 15th, capping it with a bogey. He had four birdies in five holes after the 12th.
Garcia revealed that he was in control on 2009 before he lost it by himself as he did not put the blame on the course. This year, he showed more confidence and aggressiveness while believing on his ability to play in the event.