Garcia was included ahead of the likes of compatriot Rafa
Cabrera-Bello and rookie Matt Wallace, who has won three times on the
European Tour this season, a decision that led to a torrent of criticism
on social media.
Speaking about his decision, Bjorn said he had made the call to include Garcia purely out of what he brings to the team.
"We need people that can rise to the occasion, that can up their game
and that can make the man standing next to him better. Sergio does
that," he said.
"He's the one that stands up and gives a speech to the others and he
has done that in the past. He's the one that stands up on Thursday night
and rallies the troops.
"He's also the one that on Saturday night, when you’re four points
ahead, that goes 'OK, this is by no means won yet', because he knows
that. He's been there."
Cabrera-Bello was overlooked despite being a place above Garcia in
the world rankings, and finishing in a share of seventh last weekend at
the Dell Technologies Championship in Boston.
The 34-year-old also made the cut at all the majors this year, while Garcia missed all four weekends.
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And Bjorn said the call to tell Cabrera-Bello he was out was one of the hardest things he's ever done.
"Rafa, that was hard for him to understand," Bjørn said. "It was hard for him to take in."
"It's such a privilege to be Ryder Cup captain but any great job in
the world also comes with some really tough decisions. That is not
something I envy anybody having to do in the future. I felt sick to my
stomach because I think the world of the bloke, I really do."
Garcia's inclusion as one of Bjorn's four wildcard picks, the others
were Henrik Stenson, Ian Poulter and Paul Casey, was by far the most
As well as missing all the cuts in each major, Garcia also opted to
miss European Tour events leading up to the end of the automatic
But Bjorn reiterated that he considered experience more important than form.
"In sport people tend to go with just performance and that's so easy
to measure," he added. "So that would be from the outside. I understand
that’s the way people look at it but when you sit in my role.
"Padraig Harrington puts it best, he always says: 'It's not about
picking the best players, it's about picking the best team.' And that's
what the picks are for."
The United States are heavy favourites to retain the trophy when the
biennial competition, which gets underway at Le Golf National, near
Paris, on September 28.