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Garcia won’t swap Ryder Cup for Major

Sergio Garcia said on Wednesday that he would not swap Europe's stunning Ryder Cup victory for a first Major, adding that he hopes to captain the side.

The Spaniard has won 10 times on the European Tour and eight times on the US PGA Tour, but he has been unable to clinch a Major victory, despite coming second on an agonising three occasions.

He has though enjoyed remarkable success at the Ryder Cup and was a key member at Medinah in September when Europe stormed back on the final day to snatch victory from the United States.

"What happened at the Ryder Cup was amazing," said Garcia, speaking on the telephone from Spain, ahead of the Iskandar Johor Open in Malaysia next month.

"It was probably the best week we've had, it was so exciting."

Asked if he would swap it for an elusive first Major title, he said: "I would not really change it. If I am meant to win a Major, I will win it.

"To be able to come back on the Sunday against a team that was so strong, and the crowd were very rowdy and supportive, to do it away from home, from Europe, made it amazing."

The American team were 10-6 going into the final day, but were blown away 14 1/2 to 13 1/2 in the singles by their determined European rivals in one of golf's most memorable comebacks.

Garcia did his part, defeating Jim Furyk 1-up in the eighth of 12 closing singles matches.

"I hope it's still a long way off," he said of the prospect of captaining Europe one day. "I love playing the Ryder Cup, I can see how exciting but difficult it (the captaincy) is at the same time.

"It's something that, if everything goes right, it's probably something that will happen but it's hopefully still a lot of years away until I do that.

"We'll focus on playing it many more times now and when that time comes we'll think about it."


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