Sergio García (Castellón, 1980) will remember this 2018 as a year of intense emotions. In March, her first daughter, Azalea, was born, named as the 13th hole of Augusta. In April, the cut in the Masters that came as champion failed, the first of his four skids in the four majors of the course, an unprecedented streak in a brilliant career approaching 20 years in the elite. The bad results were accompanied by some angry behaviors on and off the field. Until that whole ball of negative energy changed in the past Ryder Cup Castellón not only won his sixth European Cup, but he also became in the top scorer (25.5 points) in the history of the tournament. From hell to heaven.
Question. How have you lived this intense year?
Answer. Well, it's not over yet. I have four tournaments left and I hope to do my best. It's been a year that started very well, then unfortunately there was a downturn, things that did not come out, many cuts failed by a blow, which always hurts more … That told me I was not that far from playing good golf. I have continued working, regaining confidence, and the last two months have gone better.
P. Has this year been more desperate on the golf course than others?
R. I am not going to lie. In some moments I have despaired more because I saw that the Ryder was escaping me. I had it right on track and I saw that I was almost lost. It's not like I was hitting him with … that did not hit him good. I was close to doing it more or less well and it did not happen. It escaped me, it was going away. Everyone knows what motivates Ryder and there were times when he thought he would see her on the couch. I have gone through complicated moments. I have overcome them with my group and with my family.
P. Have you ever thought about taking a break or a break like in 2010?
R. I did it a little. After Greensboro not qualifying for the playoffs I took four weeks of rest that came in handy. So I told Thomas [Björn, el capitán europeo en la Ryder] when it was thinking about choosing me. I told him I needed that. I would have liked to be able to rest more in the summer, but I had to play. When I stopped, I relaxed a bit, practiced quietly and rested. And at Ryder, it went very well for me.
P. After failing the cut in the British Open, to the question of whether he had lost the illusion he answered "I do not know". Had he lost it?
Sergio García is the great attraction of the Andalusian Valderrama Masters that begins this Thursday with the support of the Foundation of the Castellón golfer. It is by its own cache and also by the absence of other great national players. Jon Rahm, number eight in the world, and Rafa Cabrera Bello (28, Sergio Garcia is 31) are not in San Roque (Cádiz) for a matter of agenda. Next week they will play the HSBC Champions in Shanghai, a much more juicy tournament. Valderrama distributes two million euros in prizes for the 8.6 of the Asian date. A strong reason why both Rahm and Cabrera have declined the option to play in Spain – participating in Valderrama would mean reaching Shanghai on Tuesday after a long trip. The not of both has not sat well in the organization, despite understanding that weigh more "economic reasons than sentimental." "It is a pity. I think that the Spaniards should not forget that they have grown up here, that it has been the regional federations and the clubs that have promoted their careers. I ask you not to forget that in the future, "lamented on Tuesday the president of Real Club Valderrama, Portuguese Nuno Alberto de Brito e Cunha, who promised to find another date" more appropriate "in the calendar for this tournament, separated from the bargain of the championships in Asia.
Rahm was the hook that this April gathered 47,000 fans in the week of the Open of Spain. Last year did not pass the cut in Valderrama, and this course has not come, to piss off the Masters. It will play in Shanghai and close the course in Dubai in November, with another 6.9 million euros in prizes.
R. No. For me, Ryder was very important and when I saw it slip away for so little, being there, I noticed that it did not start. It was frustrating. I could only continue practicing and have more confidence in myself. There are times when you can not do more.
P. Is it very hard psychologically to endure almost 20 years in the elite in golf?
R. Yes. If you ask Rafa Nadal or Roger Federer they will also tell you that it is not easy to stay so long up so high, but it is what we like and what motivates us. We would like to be up there until we could not walk. Wear, yes. That's why you have to look for the moments to recharge the batteries, to stay longer.
P. Do you still like golf like the first day?
R. Yes I love it. If I would not be doing something else.
P. When you do not play, do you see golf at home?
R. Yes, I usually see it, especially I like to see how my friends are playing. Not only golf. I am very fan sports. I see tennis, formula one, soccer of course, motorcycles, football, basketball … I see everything. I do not get tired of watching sports.
P. What is special about Ryder for you?
R. Many things. It is a super special event, in which you play differently, you do not play for yourself, but for Europe and for your teammates. We encourage each other. Throughout the year we play against each other. That week we are side by side. That motivates me a lot.
P. Is there more team culture in Europe than in the United States?
R. It is also how are the tours. The tour European has always been more familiar, closer. The tour American is more distant, more business. For us when it comes to being a team is easier than for them. We, in Paris, the first morning we lost 3-1 and there was not a single panic. Everything in the team room was "come on guys, nothing happens, this afternoon" … nothing about "what's going on here, I do not want to play with this one" … It's the big thing in Europe. We are each from a country, with different languages and lives, but the union between us is much stronger. Like Europe, we know that if we are not very strong as a team we have little chance of winning.
P. Seve Ballesteros he felt more recognized outside of Spain than in his country. You too?
R. Without any doubt, the king of sports in Spain is football. He is the boss and I am the first to see him. So yes, I feel more recognized in England and the United States than here in Spain. It is normal. Spain has improved a lot in recent years. I have a lot fan and people support me a lot. But as far as the press is concerned, they respect me more outside than inside.
P. Do you feel that the press in Spain has not treated you well?
R. Obviously I have done some things that I should not have done, and the press has taken the opportunity to become great at that time. They are things that happen, they have always happened, and you have to deal with them in the best possible way. We must try to be each as it is. The important thing is that my fans They are always there to support me.
P. What has changed as a person with paternity?
R. It changes everything. Honestly, I'm still learning. I've only been seven months … I try to be more patient than I was before. Hopefully all these things will get better.