Sergio Garcia reminded all of America why he’s their real Ryder Cup villain — and he didn’t need his brother’s help.
Garcia and fellow Spaniard Rafa Cabrera-Bello stormed back from 4-down to halve their match against the Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed Saturday morning. The massive crowd at Hazeltine has been screaming “Get in the water” and cheering bad European shots more rudely than in the past, but they always save their most vicious lines for Garcia.
The Spaniards were in the midst their late-match charge when Garcia had a birdie putt at the par-5 16th to pull within one. As he surveyed the putt American fans were chanting “YOU HAVE NO MAJOR!” at Garcia. As if there was any doubt, he rolled the putt in and let out a scream of his own.
Big putt for Sergio.
They've cut the deficit from 4 to just 1.https://t.co/JBpu1F7M1i
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) October 1, 2016
On the next hole the Europeans completed their comeback when Cabrera-Bello rolled in a birdie putt from just off the green after Spieth left the American’s birdie hanging on the lip.
Garcia’s Ryder Cup reminder began on Friday afternoon when he was first paired with his fellow countryman in the afternoon four-balls. During that match he cupped his hand to his ear for the crowd after making a putt and also showed some Spanish flair after a chip-in at the ninth. Garcia’s slick reaction seems like the type that would annoy Captain America Patrick Reed who isn’t known for subtlety and whose ideal celebration is probably to beat you over the head with his putter. Reed still hasn’t figured out why guys like Garcia always get the girl.
The American fans have already poked the bear that is Rory McIlory and now they’ve awoken the sleeping Ryder Cup giant Sergio Garcia. Is America playing with fire? We’ll soon find out.
For some reason, Darren Clarke split up the Spaniards and have Garcia paired Saturday afternoon with Martin Kaymer, who’s been brutal this week. So, at least there’s that.