By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
FARMINGDALE N.Y. -- Sergio Garcia has decided to not to play in the Deutsche Bank Championship next week at TPC Boston.
Garcia had originally committed to the second event in the FedExCup Playoffs but withdrew Friday. Had he played it would have marked Garcia's fifth straight week of competition with another event on the horizon before the off week, and he wanted to be rested for the stretch run that ends for him at the Ryder Cup.
In addition, Garcia won the Wyndham Championship on Monday -- playing his way onto the European Ryder Cup team in the process -- and owns a share of the lead through two rounds of The Barclays, as well. Contending like that is even more draining than simply competing in an event.
"Obviously, Boston is a place I enjoy playing and I've done well in it and I love the course," Garcia said. "But you know, with the schedules that are coming, I have to think that I have a chance at getting to the TOUR Championship, so having to play six weeks in a row and then one week off and then the TOUR Championship and the Ryder Cup is just too much.
"Everybody knows how important the Ryder Cup is for me, and I want to be fully fit there. I want to be feeling strong so I can help my team, and as much as it hurts, I'm going to be disappointed, but unfortunately I'm not going to be able to play next week. I need to take a week off somewhere, and unfortunately that's the only one that I can think of."
Garcia entered the Playoffs ranked 33rd after moving up 69 spots with his win at Sedgefield Country Club that broke a four-year victory drought. He is currently projected first but 36 holes remain on an extremely challenging golf course so he knows there are no sure bets -- this week or next.
"I know that I will lose some ground in the FedExCup," Garcia said. "If I would have played ‑‑ if for some reason I had done things differently – if I would have played better at the PGA, maybe, then I would have been able to take some other week off, but last week I won at the Wyndham, and I did great there at the tournament, I was very happy to be there. So it’s very disappointing, but unfortunately, I have to take a rest somewhere."
Garcia is the second player to decide to take a week off during the Playoffs. Jason Dufner, who was ranked second after the Regular Season concluded, opted out of this week's Barclays to make sure he is ready for the rest of the Playoffs and his first Ryder Cup.