'I'm Where I Want To Be' - Sergio Garcia Happy With LIV Move

Sergio Garcia accepts Ryder Cup exile as the record points scorer says he'll stay away from European team

Sergio Garcia speaks at a LIV Golf press conference
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Sergio Garcia has insisted he made the right move in joining LIV Golf even if it means staying away from the Ryder Cup he loves so much, to give Europe the best chance of winning.

Garcia has also revealed that the overwhelming feeling of not being wanted prompted him to leave the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, which signalled the beginning of the end for him in Ryder Cup terms.

The Ryder Cup all-time record points scorer is now out of contention for a place in the side at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in Rome next year, and unless something drastic happens in the next few years he’s unlikely to ever be part of the event again.

He’s now captain of the Fireballs for LIV Golf’s season-ending Team Championship in Miami, and believes he’s made the right decision both to join the Saudi-backed outfit and then also stay away from the Ryder Cup.

“I can only speak for myself, but I've definitely made the right decision. I feel like I'm where I want to be,” Garcia said of his switch to LIV Golf.

“Obviously I knew some of the things that might happen if I joined here, but at the end of the day, as we're seeing, you can see that some of the guys on the other side don't really want me there.

“I don't want to be a burden to anyone and even less in a Ryder Cup. I'd rather be away from that as much as it hurts and make sure that Europe has the best chance of winning than me being there and three or four guys that are going to be there are going to be upset or something.

“I think the Ryder Cup is bigger than any of us or me for that matter, even with my record, and I'm happy to be able to be here and enjoying my time with my three partners and trying to build something that is very exciting and that we're extremely proud of.”

Sergio Garcia on a buggy at a LIV Golf event

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It was the mid-tournament exit from Wentworth that angered many, but Garcia said that he left because he was not wanted, and that fact was made clear.

"It's quite simple,” he told the Times. “I didn't enjoy the way we were getting treated, not only myself, and for me mentally it was tough to be there and focus after giving more than half my life to the Tour.

"I was playing great and excited to get there and get some Ryder Cup points and everything, but already on Thursday morning after Pelley's and Horschel's press conferences, I wasn't right. I felt like there was really not much for me to do there; I couldn't concentrate."

Garcia also revealed that he’s got a torn meniscus in his knee that will require surgery next month, but will still be able to play in Miami this weekend.

“I had an MRI last week, and unfortunately I have a torn meniscus, but I can play through it. That's the good thing.

“After our charity event in Austin beginning of November, then I'll get it cleaned up and we'll be ready to go for the beginning of the season.”

Paul Higham

Paul Higham is a sports journalist with over 20 years of experience in covering most major sporting events for both Sky Sports and BBC Sport. He is currently freelance and covers the golf majors on the BBC Sport website.  Highlights over the years include covering that epic Monday finish in the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor and watching Rory McIlroy produce one of the most dominant Major wins at the 2011 US Open at Congressional. He also writes betting previews and still feels strangely proud of backing Danny Willett when he won the Masters in 2016 - Willett also praised his putting stroke during a media event before the Open at Hoylake. Favourite interviews he's conducted have been with McIlroy, Paul McGinley, Thomas Bjorn, Rickie Fowler and the enigma that is Victor Dubuisson. A big fan of watching any golf from any tour, sadly he spends more time writing about golf than playing these days with two young children, and as a big fair weather golfer claims playing in shorts is worth at least five shots. Being from Liverpool he loves the likes of Hoylake, Birkdale and the stretch of tracks along England's Golf Coast, but would say his favourite courses played are Kingsbarns and Portrush.