Garcia 'very hopeful' about Spain's Ryder Cup bid


Sergio Garcia believes the future is bright for Spanish golf and is "very hopeful" that the country will be chosen to host the Ryder Cup in 2022.

World number 11 Garcia and veteran Miguel Angel Jimenez are the only two Spanish players in the top 100 of the Official World Golf Ranking, but the former is encouraged by the promise shown by a host of youngsters, including amateur world number one Jon Rahm-Rodriguez.

Spain is one of four countries in contention to be awarded the 2022 Ryder Cup, with the PGA Catalunya Resort in the Costa Brava seeking to follow in the footsteps of Valderrama - the venue for the 1997 event.

Garcia told Omnisport: "I'm very hopeful that it will happen. It would be great to have the Ryder Cup back in Spain. Obviously, we had it in '97 at Valderrama, which was great with Seve [Ballesteros] being captain and obviously winning it.

"Spain has had a great history in Ryder Cup for many years now. A lot of players have played on it [Europe's Ryder Cup team]; we've had two winning captains [Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal], so I'm very hopeful that PGA Catalunya would hopefully get that bid.

"Not only do you have a great resort and a wonderful golf course - I think it will be a really nice matchplay golf course. It has a lot of risk/reward kind of shots, which would make it really special for a Ryder Cup."

Assessing the potential impact of a successful Spanish bid, Garcia added: "Anytime you can host a Ryder Cup, it's great not only because of that week, which is amazing, but what happens after the Ryder Cup is hosted in your country. The development of youth golf, it improves a lot.

"I think that the future [for Spanish golf] looks quite good - I can probably think of four or five young players that look really nice coming up. Obviously, Jon Rahm is one of them, Mario Galiano another one, Pep Angles, Scott Fernandez, so there's a good group of young kids that look quite nice. Hopefully they can carry the name of Spain all over the world.

"We've had many more players in the top 100 not long ago, [Pablo] Larrazabal and Rafael Cabrera-Bello were there, they're just in and out all the time, and Alejandro Canizares is also there. So it shows that the quality of Spanish golf is always there and it's been there for a long time."