Paris - Europe captain Thomas Bjorn said on Tuesday he has
not ruled Sergio Garcia out of contention for next month's Ryder Cup but warned
that the Spaniard had not been given any assurances of a place in his team.
Garcia's form has nosedived this season following a
successful 2017 which saw him win three tournaments including his first Major title
at the Masters.
The charismatic Spanish star - who has missed only one Ryder
Cup since 1999 - has seen his world ranking dip to 27th this year, leaving him
needing one of Bjorn's captain's picks to secure a spot in the European
Although Garcia offers a wealth of Ryder Cup experience,
playing in five victorious Europe teams and contributing 22.5 points in total,
Bjorn said he could not guarantee the Spaniard a place in his team.
"Certain players bring certain things to a certain
environment and with Sergio (Garcia) you have to take into consideration what
he is as a human being and what he brings to a team," Bjorn told Sky
"If that's enough for him to be in this team, which is
going to be a very strong European Ryder Cup team, time will tell when we go
through all those discussions.
"I've made no promises to Sergio and I won't disregard
him, that's for sure. What he has done in the past and what he brings to a
European Ryder Cup team is strong, but you've also got to be able to play the
golf on the golf course.
"There are 10 or 15 things that come into
consideration. With him, he falls into the same rules as everyone else and
we'll see what decision we make."
Garcia's place in the Europe ranks could come down to a
straight choice between him and compatriot Rafa Cabrera-Bello.
Ian Poulter, Paul Casey and Henrik Stenson are expected to
take three of Bjorn's four captain's picks, leaving Garcia and Cabrera-Bello battling
for the fourth slot.
Garcia acknowledged in remarks to Golf.com on Tuesday that
he hoped his past Ryder Cup achievements would be taken into consideration by
"At the moment, obviously, I have to find a couple of
things here and there," he told the website.
"It's been a tough three to three-and-a-half months.
Before that, I had started the year really well and I was comfortable.
"There have been some changes that I've had to get used
to and I lost a little bit of confidence but I've been working hard and trying
to do everything I can to get my game in the best shape possible to, if Thomas
considers it, be part of the team and help out in any way I can.
"I've spoken to Thomas over the past couple of months.
He obviously knows what I bring to the team as a player - but also as a person.
"I think he appreciates that and I think it's a matter
of if he feels what I bring to the team is good enough.
"Although he'd love me to be at 100% with my game, he
knows that even if my game is not 100%, I can bring other things to my
teammates that might help the team overall."