By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
MEDINAH, Ill. -- The last time Sergio Garcia was part of a Ryder Cup he had just taken a sabbatical from the game. He didn't qualify for a sixth straight European Team, though; Colin Montgomerie made him a late addition to the side as a vice captain.
On Wednesday, Garcia called it a difficult, but good week at Celtic Manor.
"We achieved what we wanted to achieve that week," said Europe's ultimate team player. "So it was very positive. But by the same time, I'd rather be on this side than on the other one."
Garcia will undoubtedly be calling the shots for Europe one day down the road like his fellow Spaniard Jose Maria Olazabal. But the 32-year-old likely has many more shots to hit first -- and the motivation he found in Wales was part of a resurgence that saw him win twice on the European Tour last year and break a four-year PGA TOUR victory drought at the Wyndham Championship last month.
"It was definitely a little bit of an inspiration to see your teammates playing and you not really being able to do much," Garcia said. "So it definitely helped. And, you know, I hope that it was one of the reasons why I'm here now."
Garcia brings a stellar 14-6-4 Ryder Cup record with him to Medinah. He's undefeated in nine Foursomes matches with four of those wins coming alongside Luke Donald and three in partnership with Lee Westwood -- both of whom are on the European Ryder Cup team again this year.
"I've managed to gel nicely with the partners I've had," Garcia said. "We've played well together. We've been comfortable together. So you know, it's not a big secret about it I would say. I think it's just kind of that, and being able to play well at the right moments.
And the way Garcia sees it, those "moments" are key.
"I think at the end of the day, we all know what Ryder Cups are all about," he said. "It's the moment; it's what happens out there, and any given day, anybody can beat anyone. So you know, it's nice to have a strong team like the one we have, but you know, it just comes down to playing well, to some key moments in some matches, and trying to make a difference there."