Sergio García has spent so much time speaking about his dislike of Tiger Woods that the Spaniard has cause to appreciate being back among those he retains a close affinity with at Wentworth this week.
It seemed impossible not to see or hear about García and Woods having little time for each other during and after their Saturday round at the Players Championship earlier this month.
García was again pressed on his relationship – or lack of one – with the world No1 when previewing the PGA Championship. "I mean, you can't like everybody," the Spaniard said. "I think that there's people that you connect with and there's people that you don't. You know, it's pretty much as simple as that. I think that he doesn't need me in his life, I don't need him in mine, and let's move on and keep doing what we're doing."
When asked when this problem first came to light, García replied: "A while back. It's never really been like a true connection like I would have maybe with Luke Donald or Lee Westwood or Adam Scott or some of the other guys that I get along with well."
The Spaniard will be pleased, then, to see Donald, Westwood and every other fellow member of Europe's Ryder Cup-winning team from last year at Medinah alongside him in the Wentworth field. "The tour has been trying to have me back here for a while," said García, who had recently cut the European Tour's flagship event out of his schedule. "Unfortunately it hasn't been able to happen. I think this year was a bit extra special having all the players from the Ryder Cup here, being such a big event and so forth. So I just wanted to make a little bit of an extra effort to be sure I could make it here. It kind of fits nicely into the schedule. I'm excited about it."
Paul McGinley, who will lead Europe into the 2014 Ryder Cup, used the Surrey course as the venue to announce he is increasing the captain's wildcard picks from two to three.
The leading four players from the European Tour's order of merit and five from the world rankings list will gain automatic entry for the event, to be held at Gleneagles. "I feel like by giving myself an extra pick, it's a little bit of wriggle room," McGinley explained.
"Like it or not, we have to acknowledge the fact that most of the players are now based in America, playing on the PGA Tour. I think in the big scheme of things this is actually going to help the European Tour more because I am going to be watching very closely for those three picks.
"Guys who are not in the top 50 in the world, who show a bit of form on the European Tour, they are going to rank very highly with the possible opportunity of a pick.
"Ideally, I would love to be able to say I want 12 players off the European Order of Merit. But I know that's not practical or realistic and I know I wouldn't have a strong enough team to win the Ryder Cup. At the end of the day, my head will fall; it's on me and it is my decision."
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