Sergio Garcia hails Rory McIlroy

2014 08 453129276

After finishing runner-up to Rory McIlroy in his last two events, you could forgive Sergio Garcia for being sick of the sight of the Northern Irishman. Garcia, however, insists McIlroy deserved his WGC-Bridgestone crown after an impressive final round 66.

“Rory played really, really well. He shot quite comfortably 66,” said the Spaniard.

“He's obviously a really, really good player. You could see it today, the way he was hitting the ball out there, it was very nice.

“It was nice to watch. When he's playing well, we know how good he can be.”
"At the end of the day, he played really well.” - Sergio Garcia

Throughout his final round, McIlroy drove the ball expertly. Overall, the Open champion led the field in driving distance for the week, averaging 334.8 yards. McIlroy also found the fairway 60.71% of the time off the tee as well, and it didn’t go unnoticed by his Ryder Cup teammate Garcia.

“Everybody saw it,” said the world No.3. “He played very, very well.  He drove the ball miles and very, very straight for the most part.

“He gave himself a lot of birdie looks. I thought, at the end of the day, he played really well.”

Sergio Garcia upbeat despite loss

World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational - Final Round

Garcia, 34, finished runner-up for the third time in his last four events at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational yesterday. However, the world he remained positive in the face of defeat.

“At the end of the day, the only thing I can do is keep trying,” said the Spaniard after being edged out by two shots by McIlroy.
"I think it's my best week here ever, so I can't be too disappointed about it.” - Sergio Garcia

“I just had one of those days where it didn't feel quite as good, and because of that, I wasn't able to get a little bit closer and maybe win it.”

“Overall, I think it's still a good week. I think it's my best week here ever, so I can't be too disappointed about it.”

Garcia could only muster a 71 in the final round, the joint highest of anyone inside the top 25 in the final round, and the Qatar Masters champ knew it was his work with the putter that let him down.

“I couldn't get it,” admitted Garcia. “I started second guessing myself every single putt, and because of that, the good putt I hit, I misread, and the bad ones, obviously, weren't going the right direction either.”

Share this Article

twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
£519 DRIVER vs £150 DRIVER | What's the difference?
play button
FINDING THE PERFECT IRON | Callaway Apex custom fitting
play button
Arran Golf Marathon
play button
Callaway JAWS Full Toe
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

Butch Harmon has a plan to settle Bryson-Brooks feud
Trailer drops for new golf movie - and it looks hilarious!
REVEALED: Why Tyrrell Hatton gets angry on the course
Ryder Cup legend tells Brooks Koepka to "relinquish his spot"
Voting extended for Scottish Golf Tourism Awards

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods: Inside his $41million Florida mansion
The very best pubs in St Andrews
The Scottish Golf Course Emoji Quiz!
24 lies every bad golfer tells
Doug Sanders: The extraordinary life of golf's original playboy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
Increase your stability for more consistency
play button
Good balance is key to more consistency
play button
A simple drill to increase your shoulder turn
play button
A very individual golf swing and lesson
See all videos right arrow