Don’t look now, but Sergio García is once again the hottest golfer on the planet and could be punching his ticket on fellow Spaniard Jose Maria Olazabal’s 2012 Ryder Cup team. Garcia took home the trophy at last week’s Andalucía Masters at Valderrama after winning his home Castelló Masters by an 11-shot margin the week before.
With his latest victory, the former world number two jumped from 31st to 18th in the world golf rankings. However, playing in the Ryder Cup is Garcia’s ultimate goal, especially considering he missed the 2010 iteration of the event at Celtic Manor as a player for the first time in 11 years.
2012 European Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal is confident Sergio has what it takes to qualify for his team at Medinah Country Club next year. “I am sure that Sergio will be in the Ryder Cup,” Olazabal said. “He’s got a special charisma and a solid game. He helps the team and he needs to enjoy himself on the course.
“Unless I go as captain I won’t go back to the Ryder Cup if I’m not playing,” said Sergio. García holds a 14-6-4 record at the Ryder Cup, competing for the European team in 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, and 2008. In 2006 at the K Club in Ireland, Sergio won both his fourball and foursome matches and on day two, he paired up with Jose Maria Olazabal to win both their matches against Phil Mickelson and Chris DiMarco helping Europe to an easy win 18½ points to the United States’ 9½ points.