Ryder Cup: Sergio Garcia Stuns American Crowd With a Clutch Birdie Chip at Whistling Straits

Published 09/27/2021, 6:43 AM EDT
Sep 2, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Sergio Garcia plays his shot from the second tee during the first round of the Tour Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

Sergio Garcia and Jon Rahm were the only Europeans to notch wins on the first day of the Ryder Cup. The duo defeated Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth despite tough resistance.

While the Europeans had a disappointing start, Garcia can boast of a brilliant round of golf. Not only did he equal Nick Faldo’s Ryder Cup record for the most match wins, he did so in absolute style. He drained a clutch chip birdie to secure a crucial point early in the day.

Mar 26, 2021; Austin, Texas, USA; Sergio Garcia reacts after he ties the second playoff hole against Lee Westwood during the third day of the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play golf tournament at Austin Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports

Garcia paves the way for a crucial point


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During the foursome session on Friday morning, the power duo of Garcia and Rahm fought a well-earned battle. They notched a 3-1 victory over their opponents and truly impressed the audience. On the first hole, Garcia found himself off the green after his second shot. In a bid for an early lead, he chipped the ball and to everyone’s amazement; the ball rolled right into the hole!


Rahm and Garcia met for a quick fist bump while the crowd couldn’t contain their enthusiasm as the witnesses of this fine play. While this point should’ve been the highlight of his day, the Spaniard immortalized himself by equalizing another record.

Sergio Garcia equals Nick Faldo’s match record

Garcia, 41, equalled legendary golfer Nick Faldo’s record for the most matches won. He now has 23 match wins. He also improved his overall point tally to 26.5, more than any other European golfer.


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Also amazed by his partner’s records, Rahm said, “My first thought was that we fire in the first match, especially with the Spanish legacy in the Ryder Cup and Sergio being the European with the most amount of points ever.”

Stressing on the importance of every point, Garcia said, “I think that any point that you can bring to the team, it’s always welcome and it’s always exciting. I was just very honoured, even though this is my 10th Ryder Cup, I was very honoured to play with Jon.”


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Ishita Bhargava is a golf content writer at Essentially Sports. Currently pursuing her undergraduate degree from the Shri Ram College of Commerce, she has a keen interest in sports and fitness. When not playing or watching a sports event, Ishita can be seen spending time with her pets or binge-watching.